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.
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:
- Check out our Safeguarding Policy. This has detailed information about how we manage safeguarding as an organization.
- Look for information in the ‘Safeguarding Children and Young People’ document which was produced by the Methodist Church and Church of England. This document informs our Safeguarding Policy and you might find the information you require here.
- 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 email@example.com
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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').
- March 3rd 2018, 10.00am to 1.00pm: Refresher Course at South Yardley Methodist Church. 17 places already booked but there is room for more to attend.
- April 28th 2018, 10.00am to 1.00pm: Refresher course at Dorridge Methodist Church. 30 places already taken but organisers say there is room for more to attend.
- May 19th 2018, 10.00am to 1.00pm: Creating Safer Space Foundation course at The Church at Carrs Lane. Maximum of 20 places available.
Please book through Sue Saunderson at Selly Oak Circuit Office, 0121 472 1060. Sue also keeps a record of when volunteers last completed a training so check with her if you are unsure whether or not you need to renew yet.
Keep the date free! District Safeguarding Conference on Tuesday June 26th 2018 at South Parade Methodist Church, Sutton Park Circuit from 10am to 3pm. Excellent speakers already arranged including Dr. Lisa Oakley, a leading expert on spiritual abuse, and a contribution from a survivor of abuse.
The Conference is open to ministers,circuit safeguarding coordinators, trainers, safeguarding officers and all those involved in and committed to making our churches a safe place of welcome for all. Further details to follow re making bookings.
Other Resources available
Methodist Practice Guidance to DBS 2015
Care Act 2014
Working Together 2015
Modern Slavery Hotline: 0800 0121 700
Child Line: 0800 1111
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 Local Safeguarding Children’s Board 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