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How to respond to a concern -Responding well

Advice and help on what to do if you have a concern

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. The District takes seriously the need to respond well to any concern, no matter how vague and supports the following principles:

  • Doing nothing is not an option;
  • The safety of all is of paramount importance;
  • Respecting and listening to the voices of victims and survivors will always be a priority;
  • Responding well to concerns has to involve seeking the advice of others;
  • It is not our duty to investigate;
  • Concerns will be responded to without delay and respectful of the diverse and individual needs of all those concerned.

The District has a "responding Well" flowchart which should be followed should a concern arise. Key people to go to are your Minister, church safeguarding officer, the circuit safeguarding officer or the District Safeguarding Officer.

The District operates a "first point of contact" approach which means that it is fine to go straight to the District Safeguarding Officer on 07758 239286.

Lincolnshire Methodist District

Charity Number 1134228

c/o Burton Road Methodist Church
175 Burton Road

01522 370126


Do you feel unsafe?
Are you being hurt?
Do you need advice about an urgent situation?

Emergency Services

Adult Social Care
01522 782155

0800 1111

Contact Our Safeguarding Officer:
Howard Smedley 07758 239286

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