Click here to access the Code of Safer Working practise with Children and Young People found on page 170 of Safeguarding policy, procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church July 2020.
The code includes information on:
Photography and video recording are important ways of recording Methodist activity and providing a record – illustrating and validating important moments in people's lives and the life of our Church. It is, however, a powerful and personal process, and we must respect the rights of everyone to choose whether or not to be photographed.
Click here for more information about Consent for Use of Images visit page 102.
Methodist churches and organisations creating their own websites should adhere to these safeguarding policies and procedures and regularly review the pages of their sites so that they remain up to date, effective and safe. The Internet is constantly evolving and changing, and the Methodist Church guidelines change accordingly. You are strongly advised to review the guidelines regularly to ensure your compliance. Where wifi is available on church premises, an acceptable use notice should be displayed with the access instructions. A template is available on the Methodist Church website safeguarding section which can be modified for local use.
See Methodist Church Social Media Guidelines: www.methodist.org.uk/socialmediaguidelines
For information about using the Internet with children click here visit p104
Registration and Consent forms
Where the church is running a dedicated service for children or vulnerable adults best practise requires that all activities should have:
a) A registration form
b) A register
For more information please click here visit p109-110
When transporting children
Children should not be transported in a private car without the prior consent of their parents or carers. This also applies to formally arranged lifts to and from a church activity. At no time should the number of children in a car exceed the usual passenger number. There should be a nondriving adult escort as well as the driver. If, in an emergency, a driver has to transport one child on his or her own, the child must sit in the back of the car and a signed record must be kept of the reason for this.