District Safeguarding Officer: Compliance
Gill Crippen (on left)
Mobile: 07793 012215
District Safeguarding Officer: Casework & Training
Jan Atkins Snow (on right)
Mobile: 07860 451044
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. We are here to support and help individuals, churches and circuits in this role. If you need any help with safeguarding matters, even if it is just a nagging doubt, there are people who are able to help.
Each church will have a poster with details of those able to help at church, circuit, and district level, as well as telephone numbers of adult and children's services and other agencies who can offer help and advice.
If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call the Emergency Services on 999 or 101.
The Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church was updated in April 2019.
Referring a Safeguarding Issue to the District Safeguarding Officers
All churches and circuits are required to review their Safeguarding Policy annually. Please check the latest Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain to ensure that your policy is as up to date as possible. Please send a copy of all Circuit Safeguarding Policies to Gill Crippen when they are reviewed.
If you have an enquiry or need to seek advice from the District Safeguarding Officers in relation to a generic or non-urgent safeguarding issue or need to consult them about an allegation or safeguarding incident relating to a child or vulnerable adult in your church/circuit or in respect of a specific case or individual, you should download, complete and save the Safeguarding Enquiry, Notification and Referral Form. Then:
The latest Practice Guidance on Safer Recruitment includes clear guidelines on all aspects of recruitment, including DBS requirements for different roles. There are ten steps to follow, which are laid out clearly and should help in the recruitment process.
Please remember that all DBS applications must be preceded by completion of the relevant Self-Disclosure form.
All workers, whether paid or voluntary, must have completed the appropriate forms for their role. If you are unsure about this, please contact Gill Crippen.
Please click for Form A Parts 1 and 2 for Volunteers
Safeguarding Recording Template and Activity Risk Assessment
Please click for Safeguarding Recording Template and Activity Risk Assessment Form.
Carol service held outside
Carols by candlelight service
Father Christmas - Santa visit
Nativity or Crib service
Safeguarding at Christmas - Risk Assessment Templates:
Links to Privacy Notices:
Member of Monitoring and Support Group
Subject of Monitoring and Support Group
Safeguarding Concern Privacy Notice - Contributor or Reporting Person
Safeguarding Concern Privacy Notice - Subject of Concern
Key Holder Privacy Notice
Safeguarding Training Privacy Notice
Please click for The Methodist Church's connexional safeguarding information.
Creating Safer Spaces modules
Disclosure and Barring Service