Safeguarding matters

The Wirral Methodist Circuit takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the connectional churches robust procedures and guidelines. This section gives you the information you need to make sure that you protect those who are vulnerable.

The Wirral Methodist Circuit aims to:

  • Promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk of harm
  • Prevent abuse occurring
  • Protect those at risk of abuse
  • Respond well to those who have been abused

Reporting Abuse

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call 999.

If you do not think there is a risk of immediate danger but you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm you should approach your Local Safeguarding Children’s Board or Local Safeguarding Adults Board (details below). If you do this please also inform the Circuit Safeguarding Officer, Jack Watson (details below).

 

 

Wirral Central Contact Centre

IF YOU ARE CONTACTING ANY OF THE ABOVE OUT OF HOURS AND THERE IS NO NUMBER GIVEN, TELEPHONE THE MAIN ADULT OR CHILDREN’S SERVICES AND A RECORDED MESSAGE WILL ADVISE YOU OF THE CONTACT NUMBER TO USE. PLEASE BE ADVISED THESE NUMBERS DO CHANGE SO PLEASE KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THOSE IN YOUR AREA.

Children’s Services:

0151 606 2008
OUT OF HOURS 0151 677 6557

Adult Services:

0151 606 2006
OUT OF HOURS 0151 677 6557

Contact details for safeguarding officers:

Please inform the circuit safeguarding officer about any case where a child or vulnerable adult appears to be at risk or where an adult appears to present a risk. You should inform them of any safeguarding concerns involving a Church Officer.  A ‘Church Officer’ is anyone appointed/elected by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid.

Jack Watson

Circuit Safeguarding Officer

Tel: 07462 398260
E-mail: circuitsafeguarding@wirralmethodist.org.uk

Linda Locke

District Safeguarding Officer

Tel: 07341 773728
E-mail: safeguarding@liverpoolmethodist.org.uk

The Wirral Methodist Circuit is committed to responding to safeguarding concerns, providing advice, and supporting survivors.  We are not able to offer an emergency or 24-hour response.

If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the National Safeguarding Team please email safeguarding@methodistchurch.org.uk

Our Support for Survivors and Victims

Reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing. The Wirral Methodist Circuit aims to deal with any contact made by a survivor/victim of abuse in a church-related context with empathy and integrity. Click here for information about how you can get support and advice

Support

You may wish to contact one of these 24-hour helplines to report abuse

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Hourglass (formerly Action on Elder Abuse) Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (freephone Monday to Friday 9-5 pm).
  • Sexual Violence Support website: Find Specialist Support in The North West – Sexual Violence Support

Church Advice

The Methodist Church has a whole host of resources available including: Support for survivors, polices, procedures and information, resources on domestic abuse, training, recruitment, hiring Methodist premises and more. These can be found here.

  • For further information or advice on Safer Recruitment click here
  • For further information or advice relating to Safeguarding Training click here
  • For general safeguarding enquiries please contact the Circuit Safeguarding Officer at circuitsafeguarding@wirralmethodist.org.uk

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