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Safeguarding in the North East Region
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 male and female in God's own image and likeness. 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 therefore to protect them from harm. Darlington and Newcastle Methodist Districts work together, especially over safeguarding matters. We are committed to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults and that the needs of children or of people when they are vulnerable is paramount. You can read our full Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy by clicking on the documents on the right.

Risk Assessments
The Methodist Church Safeguarding policy states that all 'events with church groups off the premises' are required to complete a risk assessment, and it is best practice for events on church premises to have completed one. This covers planned events and activities rather than business meetings, for example, a District Retreat Day open to anyone in the District would need to undertake a risk assessment, but District Policy Committee would not. You can download a copy of the risk assessment form by clicking on the document on the right.

Safeguarding Contacts
If you have a safeguarding concern, you may contact:
Regional Safeguarding Officer, Carolyn Godfrey on 07534 346374 or
If you have a question about safeguarding training, you can also contact
Administrative Support for Regional Safeguarding Officer, Rebecca Catford at

Safeguarding Declaration Forms
All people nominated or holding positions in the Methodist Church must sign a confidential declaration. Follow the links above to download the forms:
Declaration for office holders — vulnerable groups
This is for new roles working/volunteering with Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults
Declaration for office holders — no vulnerable groups (Form C)
Office holders not working/volunteering with Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults
Renewal declaration for office holders — vulnerable groups
Existing office holders working/volunteering with Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults

Volunteer with Vulnerable Groups — Form A
If you are working with vulnerable groups, you will also need to complete these forms.
Registration — Form A Part 1
Role outline — Form A Part 2

DBS Exemption Forms
This is for ministers and local preachers no longer active or with a public role.

Keyholder Declaration — Form D
The Methodist Church is not obliged to give anyone access to church premises unless access to the premises is required as part of their role or for regular hire of premises. Before the keys can be issued the key holder is asked to sign the declaration and acknowledge the conditions of issue.

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