The Methodist Church, along with the whole Christian Community, believes each person has a value and dignity which comes directly from God’s creation of humankind in His own image and likeness. As the Psalmist reflects: ‘What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour.’ Ps 8 v 4-5.

Christians see this as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and equally loved by God, and therefore to protect them from harm.

The way we treat people is a gospel imperative. We don’t seek to provide safer spaces because the Government tell us to, or because we need to do safeguarding to get grants, or to keep our insurance valid. We do it because it is what God wants of us.

In John 10 v 10 we read that Jesus said:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;

Anyone who abuses a child, young person or vulnerable adult is a thief who will steal innocence, and trust, and faith, and joy, and will kill hope and love and laughter and will destroy the right to safety. The thief is the one who abuses.

Jesus said:

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Jesus came that they, that we, might have life and to have it to the full. A life where all are valued and respected and nurtured and protected. Where we have a safe space in which we can be nourished and enabled and supported to reach our full potential.

And we all have a part to play in that because:

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

Safeguarding should be at the centre of what we do. Safeguarding isn’t something we do because the government tells us to. Or Connexion tells us to. Or the District Chair tells us to. Safeguarding is a Gospel imperative. If we get this wrong, we can have the best outreach / evangelism / children’s / seniors / whatever ministry going and it will be tarnished and diminished by our lack of right treatment.

Southampton Methodist District is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of our life and ministry. Safeguarding is about the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will: 

  • work to prevent abuse from occurring;
  • seek to protect, respond well and care pastorally for those that have been abused;
  • identify where a person may pose a risk to others and offer support to enable them to engage with the church whilst taking steps to mitigate such risk;
  • promote a safer environment and culture;
  • safely recruit and support all those with any role or responsibility related to children and adults at risk of harm within the church;
  • respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation;
  • care for those who are subject to concerns or allegations.

If you are reading this because you need some support, advice or guidance about a safeguarding matter then you are in the right place – we are here to help. There is no such thing as a ‘stupid’ question, or a ‘niggle’ too small.

Any concerns, or for information ring Jane Fisher on 07840 186814 or email

The Past Cases Review and work that has been undertaken following that has helped inform and shape this vital work and will continue to do so in the future.

Any concerns, or for information contact Jane:

  07840 186814 or


For more information please follow the links below:


Safeguarding Policy updated 2020


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Domestic Abuse Webinar - November 2020

The Methodist Church’s first Domestic Abuse Webinar aimed to promote awareness of domestic abuse and look at how as a church we can begin to tackle this and respond appropriately to victims/survivors.

The programme included an interview with the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs.

Other speakers included

  • Mandy Marshall, Co-Founder and previous Co-Director of the domestic abuse charity Restored (now the Director for Gender Justice for the Anglican Communion) 
  • The Revd Helen Cameron, Chair of Northampton District
  • The Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Methodist Conference

There were also contributions from domestic abuse survivors.

The Vice-President and President of the Methodist Conference opened and closed the proceedings.

The webinar is available for viewing at:

Please find below some helpful resources

Here is the resource from the Anglican Communion on Domestic Abuse & COVID-19:
How Churches Can Respond (available in multiple languages

Research infographic highlighting key results of academic research on domestic abuse within churches across Cumbria

Free survivors handbook available from Restored

Domestic Abuse and Young People from Safe Lives

NSPCC report on Disadvantaged Teenagers, Intimate Partner Violence and Coercive Control

Research into Abuse within young people's relationships (mentioned by Mandy Marshall)

The Anglican Communion has a host of events happening now that you can join in

Restored has a primary school education resource

Restored church pack - including some theology

The Domestic Abuse bill can be found here

 Sources of support are here

The Methodist Church seeks to offer a safe place for all people in its worship and community life and holds that domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable, inconsistent and incompatible with the Christian faith.

Safeguarding Training Privacy Notice - December 2020


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Webinars and Workshops - coming in 2021!

We are currently planning a programme of Webinars and workshops for the coming year. These will cover a range of topics – starting with Internet Safety in February. Other subjects to include: Mental Health and the Church, Record Keeping.

Watch out for details and how to book.

Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding Training.docx

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The on line version of the Foundation Training is now ready. The training team are completing their briefing on this – and huge thanks to them for their commitment to this.


We hope to start offering courses from the New Year. 


The Advanced Module will be available on line from spring.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of abuse. It is a recognised form of sexual violence and misconduct, and also an abuse of power over another, not only inappropriate sexual or gender-directed conduct. The Methodist Church is committed to working to promote a safer culture and to prevent abuse from occurring and it seeks to respond well to those who have been abused.

It is therefore important that we understand and respect appropriate boundaries. Stepping over these boundaries can violate another person’s sense of self, dignity and integrity. Even if unintentional, the impact of our behaviour can sometimes be offensive or demeaning of others. Sexual harassment communicates that someone’s value is based on the sexual role they play without their consent, and diminishes them to an object for use by the harasser. 

This guidance will help us understand more about this vitally important subject and to know that if we have experienced this behaviour we will be listened to and taken seriously.

The full document may be found at:


There is also a short video clip - Youtube link for the short video clip -

Updated Advice
April 2020

SG 0420.pdf

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Policies, guidance and forms

policies-guidance-and-forms web.docx

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Safer Recruitment and DBS

Safer Recruitment and DBS .docx

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Scams - resources and links

SCAMS WEB copy.pdf

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Safeguarding Adults - webinar November2020

Please contact Sarah for the mp4 file of the webinar

Handout from the Safeguarding Adults Webinar.pdf

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