North Kent Methodist Circuit Safeguarding Contacts and information
For any Safeguarding Concerns please contact
Circuit Safeguarding Officer:
Sue Byard firstname.lastname@example.org 01622 735527
District Safeguarding Officer:
Philippa Read email@example.com 07958 915747
Rev Bonni-Belle Pickard firstname.lastname@example.org 07590 564477
The Methodist Church Safeguarding Policy can be found here:
Methodist Church safeguarding guidance and contacts
For DBS checks or Safeguarding Training
Please contact Sue Byard (as above) or your local Church Safeguarding Officer.
Circuit policy is here:
Circuit Safeguarding Policy
Methodist Church resources
The Methodist Church website is found at www.methodist.org.uk, and the Safeguarding section holds the up-to-date policies, guidance, training resources and other reflections including:
DDC (Due Diligence Checking Ltd)
DDC is the registered body that will be processing all DBS/PVG applications for the Methodist Church.
Tel: 0845 644 3298 or 0116 260 3055
Contacts for national organisations
Action for Children
Action for Children (formerly NCH — National Children's Homes) is a leading children's charity running over 500 projects and working with children and young people affected by poverty, disability and abuse. www.actionforchildren.org.uk
AFRUCA: Africans Unite Against Child Abuse
Afruca is an organisation that seeks to address through prevention and early intervention the welfare of African children in the UK. Areas it gives information on include female genital mutilation, witchcraft and trafficking.
Campaigning to end child sexual exploitation. Provides leaflets in both English and Welsh for parents, children, young people and professionals, showing how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation and how to keep safe. www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work/sexual_exploitation/about-cse/cse-spot-the-signs.htm
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency, which helps to keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. It offers guidance, advice and accepts direct reporting. www.ceop.police.uk
A free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to the age of 19 years old. www.childline.org.uk
Freephone helpline for children 0800 1111
Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus)
A resource for parents, volunteers and workers providing a range of services including 'Positive Boundaries' which focusses on sexual bullying, peer-on-peer sexual exploitation and developing positive gender relationships.
Tel: 0808 800 2222
Lucy Faithfull Foundation
Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse.
Stop It Now!
Stop It Now! is the Lucy Faithfull child sexual abuse prevention campaign and confidential helpline for any adult concerned about sexual abuse. This helpline will engage with perpetrators of abuse, and so it is a very important resource.
Tel: 0808 1000 900
Parents Protect is an online resource and helpline for parents, carers and others who want to do all they can to protect children from sexual harm.
Tel: 0808 1000 900
The NSPCC website has many useful resources, including research studies and fact sheets. www.nspcc.org.uk
Advice line for parents/adults: 0808 8005000
Action on Elder Abuse
Action on Elder Abuse campaigns against the abuse of older people. Their website includes information and research.
Helpline: 0808 8088 141
The Age UK website has many useful resources including research studies and fact sheets as well as information on protecting yourself or others from abuse.
Mencap has information and resources about people with learning difficulties, including specific advice on safeguarding.
Modern Slavery Helpline
Providing victims, the public, statutory agencies and businesses access to information and support about modern slavery on a 24/7 basis.
Tel: 08000 121 700
Respect is a charity supporting male victims of domestic violence and offering training and advice for those seeking to support them.
Tel: 0808 8010 327
Restored is a global Christian alliance seeking to transform relationships and end violence against women.
The Freedom Programme: Ending Domestic Violence: A Pack for Churches (2009) www.freedomprogramme.co.uk
We Will Speak Out
We Will Speak Out is a coalition of faith- and church-based organisations pledging to end sexual violence across the world. This includes Silent No More (2011), a report on the untapped potential of the Church in addressing sexual violence.
The Women's Aid website has access to helpline resources and groups in the UK. www.womensaid.org.uk
24-hour Helpline: 0808 2000 247
MACSAS (Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors)
MACSAS supports women and men who have been sexually abused, as children or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church.
NAPAC (National Association of People Abused in Childhood)
NAPAC offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.
One in Four
One in Four specialises in supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse, particularly survivors of child sexual abuse and trauma.