Safeguarding


SAFEGUARDING

IN THE METHODIST CHURCH

The aim of the Methodist Church Safeguarding policy is to create Christian communities of love and care, where good practice in this area becomes a way of life.
 

"There is a growing understanding that protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the core of our faith. Safeguarding is about creating churches that are a safe space for everyone; a space where children can flourish and adults can live up to their potential. It is about enabling everyone to come to Jesus without stumbling blocks of abuse, ignorance, fear, compassion fatigue or the failure to recognise the experiences that so many carry within our communities."

Elizabeth Hall, former Safeguarding Advisor
Methodist Church in Britain


Safeguarding in The Methodist Church.

At Menston Methodist Church we are fully committed to protecting young and vulnerable people and, under the guidance of our Safeguarding Officers, are doing all that we can to ensure our members comply with the current Methodist Church guidelines through Disclosure & Barring Service checks (DBS) and attending relevant training.

Our Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children, Young and Vulnerable People is approved each year by the Church Council.

Safeguarding Newsletter:  February 2019

Charlotte Montague
Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Sue Brown
Safeguarding Officer for Children & Young People
Position vacant
Safeguarding Officer for Vulnerable People

 

ONLINE SAFETY AND PHOTOGRAPHY

The Church recognises that for many children and young people using the internet is a regular part of their lives and has a significant impact on their social development.  In accordance with the Methodist Church Safeguarding Policy we will take all possible steps to protect children and young people from significant harm or risk when using the internet or any other form of technology.  These steps will include:

  1. Permitting photography/video at church events only with the agreement of each child/young person and permission of a parent or guardian.
     
  2. Allowing photography/video for church purposes only by persons authorised by the safeguarding co-ordinator and minister and then kept only on a church computer or securely stored as agreed by the safeguarding co-ordinator and minister.
     
  3. Not permitting identifiable photographs/video of children/young people taken for church purposes to be uploaded on social media.
     
  4. Using traceable (and preferably group) electronic means of communication between adults and children/young people in the church context only with the consent of a parent or guardian.


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