The Methodist Church offers two main levels of Safeguarding Training – Foundation and Advance (formerly Leadership). Both come under the heading “Creating Safer Space”.
The Training being run at South Parade at 0930 on Saturday 25th May is Foundation level training, and it is the “Foundation Refresher” course aimed at all those who need a top up having previously done the Foundation Module within the last four years or so.
Who Needs To Attend
Core list – required attendance
Presbyters with an active preaching or pastoral ministry
Deacons with an active preaching or pastoral ministry
Pre-ordination students and probationers
Lay employees and volunteer workers with pastoral responsibility l Pastoral visitors
Anyone working with 0-18 year-olds in the name of the Church
Anyone working in activities targeted at adults who are vulnerable (eg luncheon club for the housebound)
Those training for local preaching or worship leading
Church and circuit safeguarding representatives
Choir/music group/drama leaders – where there are 0-18 year-olds or vulnerable adults in the group.
District staff especially policy committee members, complaints and discipline, mediators
Core teaching staff at Methodist Church training institutions
Connexional staff with direct safeguarding links (eg children and youth workers)
‘Covenant of Care’ group members
Members of the Connexional Complaints Committee
Any student who will be undertaking a mission placement
Young leaders (ages 16-18)
Members of the Safeguarding Committee
Warmly invited but not mandatory
Leaders of other organisations, working with 0-18 year-olds or vulnerable adults, who use church premises
Remaining choir/music group/drama leaders
Any other group leaders within the church, who may have adults within their particular group who are vulnerable
Property stewards and other keyholders
Church/circuit meeting secretaries
Remaining district and connexional staff
Remaining teaching staff at Methodist Church training institutions
What Do I Need To Read Beforehand?
It would be a huge help if you could familiarise yourself with the Policies, Procedures and Guidance from the Methodist Church Website. That’s a big document, but it really helps to know what’s in it so that you can refer to it as a resource.
You will all be given a copy of the Foundation Module Handbook, but it wouldn’t hurt to see it beforehand and familiarise yourself with the contents.
How do I Book?
Please book by emailing Nikki Murcott (email address in Circuit Newsletter).
In aid of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Cleft Palette Team
A member of the Choir has a grandson. Eddie, who was born with a cleft palette, but because of the remarkable work and care of the ‘Birmingham Children’s Hospital Cleft Team’, he has undergone a remarkable facial transformation. The team included surgeons, nurses and therapists from a variety of disciplines. Eddie will require ongoing treatment.
In recognition of their life-changing skill and expertise, and out of gratitude, Eddie’s father John, has already undertaken two sponsored Iron Man Triathlon challenges involving a 2.4 miles swim in open water, followed by a 112mile cycle ride that concluded with running a marathon to raise funds for the ‘Cleft Team’ in gratitude for all that they have achieved with Eddie. Meanwhile John has had his own battle to fight with a form of cancer.
At the wish of its members, the Choir are giving their services to raise more funds for the work of this remarkable charity that has done so much for the grandson of one of its members.