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The below is a link to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse  (IICSA) report, that was published today relating to “Child protection in religious organisations and settings “ the Methodist Church  took part in the inquiry and features in the report.

 

 

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/publications/investigation/child-protection-religious-organisations-settings

 

 

Below is a press statement in response to the report, from the Secretary of the Conference, Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler.   

 

 

In summary the report says the following about the Methodist Church  – 

 

  • The pen portrait of the case of PR-A10 is the only directly critical information about the Methodist Church in the report (Page XII). 

  • The description of her case in the Executive Summary (Page V) does not name the Methodist Church as the relevant organisation, but the introduction to her case (and two other cases states): “As set out in the report, we have seen egregious failings by a number of religious organisations, and cases of child sexual abuse perpetrated by their adherents. For example: … PR-A10…”

  • There is also a reference to the finding in the PCR about ministers finding it difficult to recognise and accept that abuse had taken place when the perpetrator was a colleague (Page 28). (The suggested amendments we made to the Inquiry about this comment have not been included, but this is understandable given the context in which this finding is included, i.e. providing evidence that the power held by religious leaders can be a barrier to disclosure). 

  • There are a number of positive conclusions regarding the Methodist Church, including: 

The Methodist Church is included as an example of an organisation with appropriate safer recruitment procedures (Page 52) 

“There were some organisations with more comprehensive safer recruitment arrangements in place. For example, the Methodis1t Church in Britain…”

The Methodist Church is included as a “rare” example of an organisation with positive internal quality assurance processes (in relation to the PCR). The examples given are referred to as religious organisations “taking a lead in this respect” (Page 99) 

“These reviews recognise the needs for effective safeguarding oversight by the bodies themselves and also that past safeguarding problems or failures need to be addressed and dealt with” 

The Director of Safeguarding  is named in this paragraph 

The table at Page 161 sets out the processes in place within the Methodist Church and states that it meets each of the measured categories (Child protection policies, external audit processes, training and DBS checks) 

  • Page 104 refers to the Methodist Church as an organisation where membership of an affiliate body can bring benefits, this appears to be a slightly inaccurate description of the structure of the Methodist Church 

  • No conclusions were reached regarding broader issues such as mandatory reporting or systems for regulating/overseeing religious organisations. This has been left to the final report of IICSA. 

  • Detailed information from the statements regarding the Methodist Church’s views on DBS checks and systems of oversight are set out in the table at Page 195.

Who should attend advanced safeguarding training?

Below is the required attendees list for the advanced training module:

WARNING- EMAIL SCAM

There is a scam that target’s churches across the country that our congregations need to be aware of, in that people are impersonating the Minister of a church and sending emails to request money. An email is sent presuming to be from the Minister asking for support for an immediate emergency need. The “Minister” requests that donations be made in the form of gift cards. The email address may appear as the Minister’s correct email, masked by the scammer. Often, you can click on the sender’s name in the email to see the full email address. However, some scammers are able to mask the entire email address, or the address will be off by one letter or number, easily missed by someone not carefully reading.

The best way to make sure a request is real is to contact the Minister by phone or to send a new email (do not reply, as that will go back to the scammer).

Whilst many of us like to consider ourselves as 'tech savvy', have we ever stopped to check if our wi-fi is secure? Please do take a moment to read the story from the BBC below, and check whether your own wi-fi is as secure as it could be:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-57156799

Bullying Webinars

Tackling bullying, changing culture and enabling positive relationships:

A series of webinars from the Methodist Church

 

The Connexional Safeguarding team have supported the development of a series of three webinars looking at work to challenge bullying behaviour in the church with the first one focusing on the Positive Working Together training.

See the new Bullying Webinars page for the recording and resources from the webinars:           Bullying Webinars (methodist.org.uk)

Safeguarding is an important aspect in every church, and unfortunately this hasn't always been dealt with properly. This is a link to the enquiry into the Church of England in 2020 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54433295 

The cannabis sweets know as 'edibles are becoming increasingly popular. Please see the attached article for more information in how to notice them and how to support someone who may have ingested some