The United Church Dorchester

United in faith, united in action

Safeguarding

Safeguarding is about creating safe spaces for everyone.  Dorchester United Church is committed to ensuring that all children, young people and adults who may be at risk of abuse, feel safe and cared for whilst they are involved in our Church activities.  Through the Methodist Church Safeguarding Training programme, ‘Creating a Safer Space’ and our Church Safeguarding Policy it is our aim that all those working with children, young people and adults who may be at risk of abuse will be confident in recognising situations of abuse and respond appropriately to situations of concern. 

Important Contacts:

 

Children & Young People - Janice YoungFemale Blank

 

Contact: 07789 763844

Or email via the Contact Us Page

Adults - Heather BlandHeather Bland

 

Contact: 07799 654988

Or email via the Contact Us Page

Safeguarding Policy:

Click here to view the United Church Dorchester policy - it can be read on-line or downloaded as a pdf document
Click here to view the Bridport & Dorchester Methodist Circuit policy - it can be read on-line or downloaded as a pdf document

Click here to link to the Methodist Church in Britain Safeguarding area of their website

 

Safeguarding Guides:

Click here to view the Government Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who Work with Children and Young People

If you see something that makes you uncomfortable or a disclosure is made to you please feel free to use the Church Report Form, available here, to record what you see or is disclosed to you. When you have completed it please sign and date it and talk to either Janice or Heather whose contact details are elsewhere on this page.

 

Safeguarding for other groups using the church premises

Church Councils are required to ensure that those who use their premises under licence or who hire the premises for regular or occasional use are given a copy of the local church safeguarding policy and declare their willingness to comply with the safeguarding policy of the Methodist Church or have comparable equivalent guidelines and procedures.  The Lettings Form/Agreement is attached here.  If you have any queries about the form or the process please speak to either Heather Bland or Janice Young see Important Contacts above.

If an organisation requires a key to be issued allowing them access to the property when it would normally be locked a nominated representative from the organisation will be required to sign a Keyholder declaration. This form is attached here.

 

Safeguarding Training:

We run Safeguarding Training courses for members of the church and other local organisations working with young or vulnerable people.

Safeguarding training is now being arranged in conjunction with the Portland and Weymouth Circuits.  The booking form is available here.”
 
                Saturday 8 April               2pm – 4pm       
                United Church Dorchester, 49-51 Charles St, Dorchester, DT1 1EE (Rear entrance)
                FOUNDATION REFRESHER (for anyone who has already completed a Foundation course)
                
                Thursday 27 April            6.30pm – 9.30pm
                Easton Methodist Church Hall, Easton Square, Portland, DT5 1BX
                FOUNDATION REFRESHER (for anyone who has already completed a Foundation course)
                
                Saturday 20 May              2pm – 4pm
                United Church Dorchester, 49-51 Charles St, Dorchester, DT1 1EE (Rear entrance)
                FOUNDATION COURSE (for anyone who is new to role and who has not completed Methodist Safeguarding training before)
                
                Thursday 25 May             6.30pm – 9.30pm
                Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3LJ.
                FOUNDATION REFRESHER (for anyone who has already completed a Foundation course)
                
                Saturday 15 July               10am – 1pm
                Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, 32 Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth, DT4 7TH
                FOUNDATION REFRESHER (for anyone who has already completed a Foundation course)
                
                Thursday 10 August        6.30pm – 9.30pm
                Broadmayne Church, Main Street, DT2 8EX
                FOUNDATION REFRESHER (for anyone who has already completed a Foundation course)
 
                Saturday 7 October        10am – 1pm
                Chickerell Methodist Church, North Square, DT3 4DX
                FOUNDATION REFRESHER (for anyone who has already completed a Foundation course)
 
                Saturday 18 November 10am – 1pm
                United Church Dorchester, 49-51 Charles St, Dorchester, DT1 1EE (Rear entrance)
                FOUNDATION COURSE – this is a sweep up day for anyone who needs to do the training either from scratch or as a refresher.

Sessions last approximately 2 - 2.5 Hours

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