Overview of Circuit Safeguarding

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If you have come to this page it is because you have questions or queries about how we operate our safeguarding, and we’d be happy to help. Hopefully the documents listed below will help you find the answers that you need but if not then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you need to report a safeguarding concern or find support, click here.

Our documentation

We are very happy to speak to you to answer questions and queries about safeguarding in our organization, but first make sure that you have checked in the following places for the answers you require as all of how we operate is laid down in writing in these places:

  1. Check out our Safeguarding Policy. This has detailed information about how we manage safeguarding as an organization.
  2. You can find lots of information on the Methodist Church Website about how we manage safeguarding as well as the Safeguarding Policy and Procedures document of the Methodist Church. Our policy is created in line with this Methodist Church policy.
  3. We have created a set of role descriptions for churches to use, please click here.
  4. Finally, if you are looking for documentation about social media there is lots of great stuff. Please follow this link to find out more information for children, young people, parents and workers.

Who to talk to if you still have questions

If you are still looking for information and have not found it or require clarification, then there is a dedicated and well trained team of people with whom you can talk.

  • If you’re part of a local church then each church has a Safeguarding Officer who is appointed each year. If you talk to your Minister or a member of your Church Council then they should be able to tell you who currently fills that role. They are a great person to talk to if you have queries about local church safeguarding. We train those people on a regular basis and keep them up-to-date with information to ensure that they are capable of advising on all matters with regard to Safeguarding. We also train all staff and ministers in Safeguarding so they are another port of call for queries.
  • Secondly, we have a team of trainers and volunteers who manage safeguarding in our circuit. They can certainly help and support you with a variety of matters. If you would like to get in touch with them, please find their details in the Circuit Directory, or you can contact the Central Circuit Office on 0121 616 1800 and they will get in touch with them for you. You can also contact that team by emailing safeguarding@birminghammethodistcircuit.org.uk
  • Thirdly, if it is a more detailed question or a complicated matter, the best person to speak to and foremost port of call for anything more serious is our District Safeguarding Officer, Sue Holder. She is a paid member of staff who has much experience with Safeguarding and would be happy to help. She can be contacted on 07508 232 773 or if less urgent, birminghamsafeguarding@birminghammethodist.org.uk. The phone number is a dedicated safeguarding phone. If she is unavailable please leave a message and she will get back to you as soon as she can.
  • Finally, if all else fails you can find contact details for the Methodist Church Safeguarding Team on this web-page.

If you are not a member of one of our churches and have questions or concerns, a great place to start would be with your local Minister or church safeguarding officer. They would be interested to talk to anyone who might have concerns about any matter within our churches and circuit. If you do have a matter for concern but don’t know who to contact, our District Safeguarding Officer is also a good port of call.


Training is arranged in the Circuit for church leaders, local preachers and other leaders from within the Birmingham Methodist Circuit. Further information on this training for those eligible can be found below or obtained from the Circuit Office. You can read more about the training the Methodist Church offers on the national Methodist Church website here.

Upcoming Training: Creating Safer Space Foundation Course (For those who are new to safeguarding or who have not done safeguarding training since it changed from 'Module A Training').

Foundation Course

For those who are new to safeguarding or who have not done training since it changed from 'Module A Training', this training aims to equip all adults, both volunteer and paid, working in different roles in the Methodist Church to feel confident to share safeguarding concerns with the appropriate person. Next course dates are:

    • Next date yet to be confirmed.

Please enrol with Sue Saunderson at the Selly Oak Circuit Office, ssaunderson@birminghammethodistcircuit.org.uk

Refresher Course

The Methodist Church has developed refresher safeguarding training for those undertaking various roles and responsibilities in the Methodist Church, who completed the Foundation Module between 2011 and 2016. Next course dates are:

    • Saturday 1st February 2020, 9.30am to 1.00pm at Shirley Methodist Church  

Please enrol with Sue Saunderson at the Selly Oak Circuit Office, ssaunderson@birminghammethodistcircuit.org.uk

Train the Trainers Course - April 16th 2020 is cancelled and currently rescheduled for July 10th 2020 at Erdington Methodist Church

The Advanced Module in Safeguarding

This course replaces the old CSS Leadership Course in Safeguarding. This training is aimed at all active Presbyters, Deacons and active Supernumeraries as well as Local Preachers, Worship Leaders and those leading groups with children and vulnerable adults. All safeguarding training has to be repeated every 4 years now.

Below are the dates and venues of the future planned Advanced Courses in the District. Please click on attendance list of those that should be attending:

    • Advanced Course at Kenilworth Methodist Church on Saturday 8th February 2020, 10am-3pm (FULL)
    • Advanced Course at Erdington Methodist Church on Sunday 2nd April 2020, 10am-3pm is cancelled and currently rescheduled for July 23rd.
    • Advanced Course at Droitwich Methodist Church on Saturday 8th August 2020, 10am-3pm

All places need to be booked on by emailing Sue Holder, District Safeguarding Officer, Birmingham Methodist District, birminghamsafeguarding@birminghammethodist.org.uk

Further information and resources will be sent well in advance as there is an online aspect to this course that needs to be completed before attending the 4 hour face to face session.

For further information, please contact Sue Holder using the same contact details as above.

Other Resources available

Methodist Practice Guidance to DBS 2015

Care Act 2014

Positive Working Together 2018

Methodist Church Safer Recruitment Policy

Whistleblowing Policy

Useful contacts

Modern Slavery Hotline: 0800 0121 700

Child Line: 0800 1111

NSPCC: nspcc.org.uk

Birmingham Women’s Aid for Domestic Violence: 0808 800 0028 

West Midlands Police: Emergency: 999, Non-Emergency: 101

Birmingham Local Designated Officer: Is appointed to deal with allegations made against those in positions of authority who are suspected to have abused a child - 0121 303 1888

Birmingham Safeguarding M.A.S.H: A Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub that provides a single point of contact for professionals or members of the public who want to seem or raise concerns about a child and make a referral: 0121 303 1888 or Out of Hours 0121 675 4806

Birmingham Adults and Communities provides social care services for adults and will receive referral of suspected abuse - 0121 303 1234

Out of Hours contact for Emergency Duty Team: 0121 675 4806

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership has a statutory duty to co-ordinate how agencies work together to safeguard and promote wellbeing of children and young people in Birmingham and to ensure the effectiveness of the safeguarding arrangements. Interagency procedures are available on their website: 0121 464 2612

Birmingham Local Safeguarding Adults Board has a shared responsibility to ensure adults at risk of harm are safeguarded against all forms of abuse. www.bsab.org.uk

Overview of Circuit Safeguarding