Creating Safer Space

“There is a growing understanding that protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the core of our faith. Safeguarding is about creating churches that are a safe space for everyone; a space where children can flourish and adults can live up to their potential. It is about enabling everyone to come to Jesus without stumbling blocks of abuse, ignorance, fear, compassion fatigue or the failure to recognise the experiences that so many carry within our communities.”
Elizabeth Hall, Safeguarding Advisor, Methodist Church in Britain

Creating Safer Space

Creating Safer Space is the connexional safeguarding training framework and consists of two modules: Foundation Module and Advanced Module, which are mandatory for key roles in the church.

Foundation Module

A list of roles which require attendance on the Foundation Module is available on the Creating Safer Space page on the Methodist Church’s website (follow link).
Each circuit has access to Creating Safer Space Foundation Module trainers. The circuit superintendent or circuit safeguarding co-ordinator will have a list of these people.
If there is a shortage of trainers in the circuit, Howard Smedley, the District Safeguarding Officer, and the District Office will be able to link trainers to where there is a need for training.
Alternatively, if you are interested in becoming a Foundation Module trainer, contact Rachel McCallam, Regional Learning Network  Officer on

Role outline for Creating Safer Space Foundation Module trainer

Role:   Foundation Module trainer
Where: Churches in your circuit, primarily, if you are interested in delivering training in other circuits let Rachel McCallam know.
Your commitment:  To be a volunteer trainer to deliver Creating Safer Space Foundation Module. To be available to deliver training in the evenings and some Saturdays. To undertake appropriate training provided by the District- a day in the first instance.
District’s commitment: To provide training and support through the Training Officer. To ensure training materials are available.
Requirements:  You will need a commitment to safeguarding and promoting children/vulnerable adults’ welfare, particularly in church contexts.  Experience of delivering training will be an advantage as would working/volunteering with children, families and vulnerable adults. You are a confident communicator, especially in delivering presentations. You are willing to work within Methodist Church safeguarding policy and are able to maintain appropriate confidentiality boundaries whilst knowing when to pass on information if you believe a child/vulnerable adult is at risk. You are able to ask for advice or support when needed.

Advanced Module

Responsibility for ensuring the delivery of the Leadership Module rests with the District.
In Sheffield we will work in partnership with the Yorkshire Plus region of the Learning Network to make sure that all who are required to complete the training can do so at a reasonably convenient location.

We will maintain details of who needs to be trained and then in partnership with the Yorkshire Plus regional team organise one day courses as appropriate.

For reference, attendance is mandatory for:

  • Circuit safeguarding co-ordinators
  • Members of the District Safeguarding Group
  • Members of the District Leadership Team
  • All presbyters and deacons who are active including supernumeraries who have pastoral care of a church
  • Those in paid employment with the Methodist Church whose work involves direct work with children, young people and adults

Warmly invited but not mandatory:

  • Church safeguarding officers
  • Other supernumerary ministers

For a full list visit the Methodist Church website here: Attendance list

We are also asking circuits and churches to consider other voluntary workers who have significant leadership or supervisory responsibilities in respect of children and vulnerable adults

For more information please contact Howard Smedlety