We believe that safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect
The Methodist Church is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of its life and ministry. Safeguarding is about the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture.
This means we will:
- promote the welfare of children, young people and adults
- work to prevent abuse from occurring
- seek to protect and respond well to those that have been abused
- Making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account
Everyone has a responsibility to keep adults, children and young people safe
We will take care to identify where a person may pose a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
The Methodist Church affirms that safeguarding is a shared responsibility. Everyone associated with the Church who comes into contact with children, young people and adults has a role to play. This is supported with consistent policies promoting good practice across the whole Church.
The Church and its individual members undertake to take all appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all. It will practice fully and positively Christ’s ministry towards children, young people and adults who are vulnerable and respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.
All our leaders and workers with adults, children and young people have attended safeguarding training and have received DBS clearance.