Safeguarding Policy Statement

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.

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 keep them safe from harm.

The Methodist Church commits to:

Promote a safer environment and culture and Church officers will respect all children, young people and adults and promote their well-being. The Church will create and maintain environments that:

  • are safer for all

  • promote well-being

  • prevent abuse

  • create nurturing, caring conditions within the Church for children, young people and adults. It will work to continue to strengthen and review these environments. This will be done by training, support, communication, learning and quality assurance processes.

You can read the full Safeguarding Policy Statement.

If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding a child or an adult with vulnerabilities, please contact any of the following:

In an emergency, when you or someone you know is at risk of immediate harm, call 999

  • Sheffield Safeguarding Hub (Children): 0114 273 4855

  • Sheffield First Contact Team (Adults ): 0114 273 4908

Other organisations offering support:

  • Childline: 0800 1111

  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

  • Age UK: 0114 2502850

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247 (24 hrs a day)