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Chris Lewis – Safeguarding Officer

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I am the District Safeguarding Officer for Chester and Stoke-on-Trent.

The District Safeguarding Officer takes a lead for the Methodist Church in the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District on issues relating to the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults and is required to:

  • Have oversight of church, circuit and district compliance with the Methodist Safeguarding Procedures.
  • Provide policy advice and other guidance to Churches and Circuits.
  • Serve on the District Safeguarding Group and attend other meetings as required.
  • Keep up to date with relevant national and Methodist legislation.
  • Ensure that the Circuit Safeguarding Trainers, Superintendent Ministers and Circuit Representatives are kept updated on any relevant matters.
  • Promote good communication and effective information sharing, including a proper understanding of the bounds of confidentiality.
  • Co-ordinate the provision of opportunities for safeguarding learning/training across the District.
  • Work with the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network in the delivery of designated safeguarding training.
  • Be available to offer advice on individual cases and individual undertaking risk assessments, have oversight of safeguarding contracts and represent the Church in meetings with external organisations as necessary.
  • Undertake safeguarding risk assessments for the Connexional Safeguarding Committee.
  • Be committed to personal continuing professional development, undertake any training necessary and participate in the organisation’s supervision and appraisal system.

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