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.

As an initial port of call, please refer to our Safeguarding FAQs
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, Jane Masterman. Jane 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.

Policies, Guidance and Forms

For changes and updates to our Safeguarding policy, practice, and guidance, please check here:

Methodist Church of Great Britain Safeguarding Policy

District Safeguarding Policy 2021-22

Code of Practice for working with children and young people

Digital Safeguarding Best Practice Reference Document

Sexual Harassment

Safer Recruitment and DBS guidelines

Circuit model policy

Church model policy

Safeguarding guidance for LEPs

Domestic Abuse policy

Policy for external users

Safeguarding records guidance

Safeguarding FAQs

Safeguarding Forms

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

Noticeboard Resources

Noticeboard header

Methodist Safeguarding poster

Methodist Safeguarding poster for LEPs

Church Safeguarding Coordinator joint poster

Church Safeguarding Coordinator poster

Childline poster

NSPCC poster

Domestic abuse poster

Useful Phone Numbers Poster


For training opportunities please contact the District Office

Quick Reference Guide

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

Useful Contacts

We are in the process of appointing a new safeguarding officer. in the interim, any queries can be sent to the District Office for referral to our safeguarding cover. If the query includes confidential information, please call first to be given contact details of an appropriate adviser.