WMC: March 2018
We are currently looking for a new Circuit Safeguarding officer. As mentioned before, this is in no way a comment/judgement on Tabitha Griffiths or the work she has so conscientiously done for us in this role but rather good practice, that the Methodist Connexion has asked us to comply with. They have now informed us that Church/Circuit Safeguarding Officers should not be married to, or be a partner of, a Methodist Minister.
If this is something you feel you could do, or would like any more information about, do let Keith know as soon as possible. Full training and support will of course be given.
Keith will be running some Safeguarding Training over the next few months. For those who have not done any Safeguarding training at all and have not completed the Creating Safe Space foundation module, there will be an opportunity to attend a training session on Thursday 12th April at Wallingford Methodist Church at 7:30 pm, which will last for two hours.
For those who have completed the Creating Safer Space Foundation Module, but four years or more ago, the refresher module will be run at Trinity Church Abingdon on Wednesday 9th May at 7:30 pm, again, this will last two hours.
On Tuesday 1st May at Wantage Methodist Church at 7:30 pm there will be a Circuit Safeguarding Forum. This is a meeting for all Church Safeguarding Officers, Circuit Staff and anyone who has an interest in Safeguarding issues to meet together informally for support and an opportunity to be brought up to date on any news/developments that have come from either the District or Connexion.
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