Safeguarding

Every effort is taken to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults who are involved in church-based activities and other activities on church premises.

Children and young people need to be respected as individuals, and protected in their vulnerability – as do all who are vulnerable, irrespective of age.

Safeguarding has been approved by the Methodist Conference as the policy and practice to be adopted and used in all Methodist Churches with regard to children and young people under 18 years of age, and is also to be applied to the care of vulnerable adults.

All those working with children and young people (and/or vulnerable adults) at our church will have been appointed by Church Council,  and will already have obtained necessary clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service (where required to do so), and hold on up to date certificate.
All those working with children and young people (and/or vulnerable adults), together with all responsible church officers, are also required to attend the latest Foundation Module of Safeguarding training. Ongoing training is provided through the Norwich Circuit.

However, various church activities are open to the public and are therefore not to be understood as a “regulated activity”. At such public events, under terms of Methodist Insurance, parents remain responsible for their children whilst on the premises.

We have a comprehensive Safeguarding Policy, rewritten in line with the 2017 Handbook, which may be viewed at the premises – revised in the light of recent and expected changes. For local information please speak to our Safeguarding Officers – Janice Norman or Paula Callam – or to the Minister.

For further information about Safeguarding Policy and procedures, please refer to the national “Churches’ Agency for Safeguarding” website: www.churchsafe.org.uk or see www.methodist.org.uk