Safeguarding matters

The Southport 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 Southport 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

Information on these pages may have been updated due to coronavirus. Check here for the latest details.

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 adult’s board, see below for details of your Local safeguarding board if you do this please also inform the Circuit Safeguarding Officer, Jack Watson.

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.

The Southport 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.

Contact details for safeguarding:

Jack Watson, Circuit Safeguarding Officer

Tel: 07444101130 E-mail:

Linda Locke, District Safeguarding Officer

Tel: 07341 773728 E-mail:

If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the National Safeguarding Team please email

Our Support for Survivors and Victims

Reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing. The Southport 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


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.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (freephone Monday to Friday 9-5 pm).

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


What this document covers:

This document is a revision to the existing ‘Retention schedule for Methodist Records’ and is prompted by the Data Protection Act 2018 which incorporates the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) 2018. This revised and updated version is intended to provide some brief practical notes and guidance to be used by ministers, church officers, and volunteer archivists who are involved in managing records on behalf of Local Churches, Circuits and Districts. The Data Protection Officer and the Liaison Officer for Methodist Archives can provide advice and guidance on the care of church records and archive material ranging from old to modern; contact details are given in the final section of this guide. Standing Order 015 in CPD provides a very useful introduction to Methodist Archives.


Model Church Safeguarding