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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


Key documents:

·      Square Safeguarding Policy 2023

·      Circuit Safeguarding Policy 2022

·      The Square Safeguarding reporting form



Safeguarding Concerns

Key Contacts:

If you have a concern about possible abuse (including allegations):

  • In an emergency, respond immediately.
  • Consult the person to whom you are responsible.
  • Decide together whether to seek advice or to make an immediate referral.
  • Keep a record of what happened, your concerns and your actions.
  • Tell your minister and/or safeguarding representative:
  • Only tell others who need to know.


If a child, young person or adult wishes to disclose they have been abused:

  • Listen. Keep listening. Do not question or investigate.
  • Do not promise confidentiality; tell them we need to share this.
  • Assure them they are not to blame.
  • Tell them what you are going to do and that they will be told what happens.
  • Make careful notes of what is said, record dates, times, events and when you are told.
  • Report it to the person to whom you are responsible and your minister or safeguarding representative.
  • Only tell those who need to know.

 Things to remember

  • Treat everyone with respect, setting a positive example for others.
  • Respect personal space and privacy.
  • Ensure another adult is present or within sight or hearing of any activity.
  • Ensure any actions cannot be misinterpreted by someone else.
  • Challenge unacceptable behaviour.
  • Do not put anyone, including yourself, in a vulnerable or compromising situation.
  • Do not have inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others.
  • You must not keep allegations or suspected abuse secret.


For further information about other aspects of Safeguarding, please follow the link to the Circuit Safeguarding webpages: