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Safeguarding Considerations During Coronavirus

Promoting effective safeguarding practice as Churches come out of lockdown This advice from Connexion is really useful as churches once again start to think about reopening their buildings.

Inevitably at this time churches are being encouraged to think about those who may be in greater need, isolated or unable to get out and about. Whilst working within government and health guidance about levels of contact and self-isolation we also want to remember standard safeguarding practice including:

being clear about the role any visitor is performing
making sure that anyone who is visiting has oversight from the church
making sure that someone else is told about the visit, its purpose and reporting back any points of particular concern
anyone who wishes to start visiting at this time undergoes standard safe recruitment processes
You can download detailed Coronavirus visiting advice here

Attached are a number of useful documents, including the Creating Safer Space (CSS) Foundation Module handbook, and the Past Case Review (PCR) 'Courage, Cost, & Hope' report along with a CSS Foundation Course document outlining who should attend training. Please also take a moment to look at the Safeguarding Resource Folder which has lots of useful information.

Useful contacts:

Debbie Wheeler
Circuit Safeguarding Officer
Tel: 0114 2726561 Email: debbie.wheeler@sheffieldcircuit.org.uk

Alison Hill
District Safeguarding Officer
Tel: 07483 362735
Email: safeguarding@sheffieldmethodist.org

Connexional Safeguarding Team
Tel: 020 74675189 Email: safeguarding@methodistchurch.org.uk

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