Are you your church’s Safeguarding Officer?

At the District Safeguarding Event in March 2017, we published a draft summary role profile to help local church safeguarding officers get to know what’s involved in the work.  We heard some positive comments about it, but also picked up one or two suggestions about  how it could better.

We are now pleased to publish the final version of the Sheffield District Local Church Safeguarding Officer role profile.

It’s available for you to look at here.


Proposed role profile at March 2017


Purpose of role

To assist the minister and church council in ensuring that the church has an appropriate safeguarding policy, that it is implemented and reviewed annually, and to act as a point of reference to advise on safeguarding issues.

Main tasks

  • help the minister to draw up a local church policy and keep it under review
  • To offer support and guidance to the minister and church council about safeguarding matters, offering advice or advising who to go to
  • With the lettings officer ensure that all hirers are aware of and comply with the local church safeguarding policy or if groups have their own policies, that this is noted on the agreement
  • To make sure that safeguarding is an item on all church council agendas
  • To advise church groups on safe recruitment practice and with the minister keep records of application forms, DBS checks and references
  • With the minister and local leads for junior church, youth work and pastoral care identify who needs to complete Foundation Module and Refresher training and let the circuit coordinator know for planning purposes
  • To keep a local church attendance record of those who have completed the training
  • To make sure that a copy of the church safeguarding policy is prominently displayed around the church and that there is a good supply of other publicity material about safeguarding available for church noticeboards and other suitable locations (This information can be obtained from the NSPCC, Action for Children or the local authority for example)
  • To act as a link between the local church, the circuit safeguarding coordinator and the DSO
  • If the church is an LEP, ask the minister to ensure that there is a recorded local agreement about which denomination’s safeguarding policies and procedures are to be followed.

Person specification

  • Some knowledge and experience of working with children, young people or vulnerable adults would be helpful
  • A basic understanding of safeguarding issues and a willingness to attend any necessary training
  • Good communication and administrative skills


The church safeguarding officer will be responsible to the Church Council, through the minister.

DBS Check

Due to the nature of the post the post holder will be required to complete a DBS application, to be reviewed on a five yearly basis.

Approved……………………………………………………..Methodist Church: date……………………………….


You can also download a PDF version here: Role profile Church SO 2017 Final.pdf

And a Word version here: Role profile Church SO 2017 Final.dox