**Volunteer opportunity for trainers/facilitators**

District Safeguarding Officer

Gill Crippen
Mobile: 07793 012215

District Safeguarding Officer: Casework & Training

Jan Atkins Snow
Mobile: 07860 451044

We are here to support and help keep everyone safe in our churches.  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 who can be contacted in the church, circuit, and district, as well as outside agencies who can offer 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.

All churches and circuits and 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 the District Safeguarding Officer, Gill Crippen, when they are reviewed.

Referring a Safeguarding Issue to the District Safeguarding Officers

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, wish to enquire about safeguarding training, need to consult the District Safeguarding Officers about an allegation or safeguarding incident relating to a child or adult in your church/circuit or in respect of a specific case or individual, then you should use the Safeguarding Enquiry, Notification and Referral Form.  Completed forms which contain personal information relating to a concern should be sent by encrypted email using Galaxkey.

Safer Recruitment

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 the District Safeguarding Officer, Gill Crippen.

Please click for Form A Parts 1 and 2 for Volunteers

Please click for Safeguarding Recording Template and Activity Risk Assessment Form.

Privacy Notices

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
Safeguarding Risk Assessment - Contributor
Safeguarding Risk Assessment - Subject
Key Holder Privacy Notice
Safeguarding Training Privacy Notice


Please click for The Methodist Church's connexional safeguarding information.


Please click on Creating Safer Space Modules for more information.


Information about CSS and training sessions
Guidelines for DBS for ministers.
Sarah Sutherland, 27/06/2019