We in the South Devon Methodist Circuit, 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 His own image and likeness. Just as God is deeply concerned for our wholeness and cares for us, so too He calls us to care for one another. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
The Methodist Church, of which the South Devon Circuit is a part, is 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. We take these commitments seriously, looking to our circuit and district safeguarding officers to support us, as well as refreshing our knowledge and practice regularly. We recognise that we all have times when we are vulnerable and that we all have a responsibility to keep each other safe.
Our safeguarding policy addresses the safeguarding of all people but gives emphasis to caring for children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is intended to be a dynamic policy which supports the Church in being a safe, supportive and caring community for children, young people, vulnerable adults, for survivors of abuse, for communities and for those affected by abuse.
To view the detailed safeguarding policies of the Methodist church please go to: www.methodist.org.uk/for-ministers-and-office-holders/safeguarding/