Welcome to the Yorkshire North and East District Safeguarding page, a place for all your Safeguarding resources. If you are accessing this page 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, and there are people that you can turn to in your local church, circuit, or in the wider district. If you need local contact details of those who can help you, these should be displayed on the church noticeboard. However, if you are in any doubt, or you do not wish to seek help via your local church, then please do not hesitate to contact the District Safeguarding Officer, Katy Spencer-Madden. Katy can be contacted at

Our Commitment

Safeguarding is something that everybody within the Methodist Church has in common, because not only is safeguarding everyone’s responsibility, but it is at the core of our faith and the mission of the Methodist Church. This stems from the belief of the Methodist Church, along with the whole Christian community, that every single individual has value and dignity, which comes from the creation of us all in God’s image and likeness. Therefore, we have a duty to protect people from harm.

The Yorkshire North and East District is committed to the work of safeguarding and we are proud of the principles that it represents. It is our hope that safeguarding is undertaken with a smile and that those who need help will feel respected, listened to, and understood. We also hope that, even in the most difficult of times, a place of safety and support can be offered to create safer spaces for all.

The majority of these forms and text are taken directly from the safeguarding section of our national website.

Policy and Guidance

Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance  (pdf) This document sets out the policy, procedures and guidance relating to safeguarding within the Methodist Church. This document was last updated in May 2018 and red text has been used to clearly show where amendments have been made from the previous version. GDPR updates are also highlighted in yellow.

Guidance to Prevent Domestic Abuse / Violence  (pdf)
These practical measures support, and should be read alongside, the 2005 Methodist Conference report Taking Action.

Safeguarding Records (pdf) This document contains joint practice guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist Church, which is intended to support the work of Safeguarding Advisers and those working with children and adults who are vulnerable where record keeping is required. Approved by the Methodist Church (Methodist Council, Jan 2015.)

Local Ecumenical Partnerships (pdf) This joint practice guidance is intended to support the work of Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnerships, in respect of safeguarding children and adults. Published 1 July 2015

Model Safeguarding Policies

District Safeguarding Policy 2019


Practice guidance for DBS checks (as part of Safer Recruitment) – Aug 2015(pdf)

This policy (pdf) and associated practice guidance replace Safer Recruitment Policy – June 2013 and should now be followed together with the procedure

Safer Recruitment

Safeguarding Forms

Example role outlines, job descriptions, person specifications and safeguarding forms can all be found via this link.

Noticeboard Resources

Noticeboard header

Church Safeguarding Coordinator joint poster

Church Safeguarding Coordinator poster

Childline poster

NSPCC poster

Domestic abuse poster

Useful Phone Numbers Poster



Quick Reference Guide

Here is a quick reference guide about how to respond to a safeguarding concern

Useful Contacts

Mrs Katy Spencer-Madden  is the Safeguarding Officer . Initial enquiries are best addressed to Katy at