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Role Profile

CIRCUIT SAFEGUARDING COORDINATOR

Purpose of role

To promote safeguarding best practice in the circuit in co-operation with ministers, lay workers, church safeguarding officers and stewards, providing a reference point for advice.

Main tasks

  • To support the Superintendent, other ministers, church safeguarding officers and stewards in fulfilling their safeguarding roles
  • Keep church safeguarding officers informed about safeguarding news, local issues and national or District policy developments
  • Make sure that the circuit maintains and reviews annually a safeguarding policy and that local churches know about it
  • In partnership with local ministers and church safeguarding officers check that all churches have and keep under review their own local policies
  • With church safeguarding officers, identify local training needs and then with circuit trainers plan to meet them in respect of arranging Foundation Module and Refresher courses
  • Keep circuit training attendance records
  • Keep records of reported safeguarding incidents and that these are stored securely
  • In respect of LEPS, know which denomination’s policies and procedures are being followed
  • Work with circuit ministers and church safeguarding officers to review from time to time the work with children, young people and adults who may be at risk to make sure it conforms with policy and good practice
  • Ensure that safeguarding is an agenda item at each circuit meeting, preparing an annual report and advising on items of policy that require updating or amending
  • To refer any concerns or allegations to the District Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for follow up, and to liaise with the DSO for advice and guidance
  • To attend the CSS Leadership Module

With the superintendent, ensure that all circuit office holders are aware of the terms of Methodist Church Standing Order 010 concerning the holding of office or other responsibilities by sex offenders and be familiar with the current Covenant of Care arrangements under SO 690  

Also, as required, to support the Local Preachers’ meeting with any safeguarding issues.

Person specification

Some knowledge and experience of working with children, young people or vulnerable adults at risk

A good understanding of safeguarding issues and a willingness to attend any training designed to support the work

Good communication and administrative skills

Accountability

The Circuit Safeguarding Coordinator will be responsible to the Circuit Meeting, through the Superintendent Minister, and maintain a liaison link with the DSO

DBS Check

Due to the nature of the post the post holder a satisfactory DBS certificate is required, and this will be renewed on a five yearly basis.

 

Approved…………………………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………Methodist Circuit

Date………………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

GS November 30th 2016

 

You can also download a word version of this here: Role profile Circuit Coord Nov 2016