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Safeguarding Training – Mothers’ Union Diocese of Oxford
The Diocese safeguarding policy and guidelines indicate that EVERYONE involved in Children’s Young People or Vulnerable Adult ministries should receive training soon after they start, and at least every three years thereafter. There is a new requirement for more of those in leadership to receive training as well, in order that safeguarding might become part of the DNA of the body of Christ.
There are new training courses produced by the national CofE Safeguarding team, which are different from those previously available, and most people find them very helpful and interesting.
The courses now available and which may concern you are:
- Basic Awareness (formerly C0) – only available online
- Foundation (formerly C1) – required for all who are involved in CYP or VA work, now also available online.
- Leadership (formerly C2 or C3) – required for those in positions of leadership
The online Basic Awareness Course needs to be done before any of the others It covers material that cannot easily be addressed in the public course. Please follow the instructions below to register for the course, which takes about an hour to complete. When you have completed it, please inform your Branch Leader and your Parish Safeguarding Officer, explaining that you are undertaking this training as part of your work through the Mothers’ Union:
- Connect to the following link: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/ .
- Choose the Online Courses option and create an account to begin using the materials.
- Clearly detail which parish you belong to and that this is part of the Diocese of Oxford.
- For Training Institution please select ‘Not part of a Training Institution.’
- The training is free to use and does not have to be completed in one sitting. If you are already somewhat familiar with the material it can be quicker to read through the material without listening to the voice-over.
- If you have problems with accessing the course online, please contact your Parish Safeguarding Officer or the MU Diocesan Safeguarding Officer.
The Foundation Course (formerly C1) can also be accessed through the same portal and takes about 2 hours to complete or you can ask to attend a face-to-face course, either run in your deanery or centrally at Church House Oxford.
The Leadership Course (formerly C2 or C3) is a face-to-face course.
Both of these courses are also available at a variety of locations around the Diocese and can be booked via the Diocesan website
Click on the link below for a printable version of this page
Please direct any questions or comments to…
Revd Lady Denise Brown
MU Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
Mobile: 07884 493923
FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
The Trustees of Mothers’ Union, Diocese of Oxford has agreed to accept the Diocese of Oxford’s ‘Safeguarding Handbook for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults’.
Hard copies are held by:-
- Mothers’ Union Members Secretary at the Mothers’ Union Diocesan Office, Church Mission Society · Watlington Road · Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 6BZ
The Diocesan President
The Safeguarding Officer (formerly known as Child Protection Officer)
- Also can be viewed on Diocese of Oxford website
For Branch Leaders
Activities where children are present must always be thought about carefully to ensure the safety of children at all times.
A suitable ‘check list’ should be draw up and adhered to.
Consider the following:-
Will a parent or carer be present? – If this is the case NO further action is needed apart from ensuring that the parents or carers are aware they are responsible for their child.
If the above is not the case then it is essential that those responsible are aware and adhere to the Diocese of Oxford Safeguarding measures. This will probably require DBS checks for those involved. (Information from the Mothers’ Union Safeguarding Officer.)
Venues should be checked against Oxford Mothers’ Union Health and Safety guide lines. It is the responsibility of the person organising the event to ensure this is carried out.
Branch Leaders should ensure that the lines of responsibility are put into writing so no mistakes can occur.
What do we do if we have a concern?
We all hope that the children and young people we meet and support through Mothers’ Union are safe and happy and that they benefit from the programs we are involved in through our branch work and in our churches. Most of the time this is true but sometimes we may have a concern and then it is good to know what to do.
Every local authority has a Safeguarding Children Board with contact information on how to raise a concern with them. It is part of your duty to do so, either directly ourselves or through the designated safeguarding officer for your church.
Make sure you know who to speak to and how to contact them. All local authorities have that information on their websites and your church should publicise the contact details of their designated officer on their noticeboards.
Information about reporting Safeguarding concerns, including contact details, can be found on the Oxford Diocesan website at https://www.oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding/
For urgent and confidential safeguarding matters contact
Lisa Wilkins, Interim Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser & Safeguarding Casework Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 208295
Sophie Harney, Safeguarding Casework Officer – email@example.com or 01865 208295
In a real emergency, you must dial 999 and call the police.
If you are worried about a child and unsure whether your concern constitutes abuse and should be taken further, you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding advisor, details above, or the NSPCC has a helpline to ask:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel:0808 800 5000
Sadly, abuse is not only confined to children and young people, vulnerable adults can also be victims. Local authorities have people who deal with these cases too.
And don’t forget that if you or your team are running regular activities for children and young people where parents or guardians are not present, then the person in charge must have a current DBS check which can be obtained either through your church safeguarding officer or through Mothers’ Union. It is recommended that DBS checks are renewed every 5 years, if the person is in the same role, and that those in receipt of a DBS check are asked to consider registering for the Update Service which makes rechecking much more straightforward. All the details are in the Diocesan Safeguarding Handbook.
The Oxford Diocese also offers general Safeguarding training, handbooks and model policies. The training is in several parts depending upon the work to be undertaken and the office which the person holds. A Refresher course is also available to be undertaken every 3 years.
Click on the link below for a printable copy of this page or to go to the Safeguarding Training page.
Click on the links below for two new safeguarding documents issued by central Mothers’ Union.
MU Safeguarding November 2020
Revd. Lady Brown, MU Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
Money received from you goes towards running MU here in the Diocese. Some of the “big ticket” items are rent at CMS House, secretarial services, Trustee expenses, including training, conferences and travel. All MU Speakers expenses are paid for out of this which benefits branches. From this money we fund our Diocesan meeting costs, FOCUS magazine and our projects. New expenses from this pot are the extra resources we are giving to the Balsam Family Project in Didcot.
Funds here are used to provide holidays for needy families. There is a growing need for these holidays and we are grateful to the MU committee who process the applications and make suitable bookings. This is usually a week at a coastal holiday camp where there are activities for all ages. Many letters of appreciation are received from the recipients of these holidays.
MSH – NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL FUNDS
MSH General Fund
Mothers’ Union is a federation of over 600 independent Mothers’ Union charities around the world, supporting over 4 million members in 84 countries. The central charity acts as the umbrella organisation which provides co-ordination of activities and communication, ensures that the voice of members is heard on key issues, and also provides direct support to the membership within Britain and Ireland.
Mothers’ Union is a member-led organisation, and all the projects, programmes and campaigns are carried out by MU members, acting as volunteers, with a small central staff of about 40 at Mary Sumner House providing the necessary co-ordination and professional support.
Funds raised centrally enable training, support and guidance for larger-scale projects which address needs identified in a number of different countries. Such projects may involve Literacy and Financial Education, business skills, the establishment of Micro-credit groups, the Family Life Programme which focuses on health, hygiene, nutrition and agricultural training. The common thread of these larger projects is that Mothers’ Union members work with fellow members in their communities, in order to help them to help themselves – often, as in Uganda, enabling them to “soar like Eagles out of poverty”. These projects, funded by individual members and partner donors, support over 100,000 people each year. In a number of countries, the work of members is supported and nurtured by a small number of professional workers, known as Community Development Workers. There are also some Provincial Development Workers who coordinate Mothers’ Union work across a larger area. Your donations go towards the salaries of these workers.
When an emergency situation suddenly destabilises family life – either natural disaster or man-made conflict – local Mothers’ Union groups can receive a grant from the Relief Fund which helps them provide support to meet the most urgent needs facing communities. Grants are sent quickly to equip local members to respond as fast as possible to meet these needs, using local resources. By equipping members to respond right at the heart of the affected region, MU are often one of the first agencies to deliver effective relief.
Each year there are likely to be appeals with a different Focus. In 2018 it was the “Summer of Hope”, building on the legacy of Mary Sumner. Other regular appeals are “Make a Mothers’ Day”, Harvest and Christmas appeals.
A plea to all our members:
Please will individuals and branches send their donations by cheque made out to “Mothers’ Union, Diocese of Oxford” and posted to MU Office, CMS House, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ. A donation form can be accessed here *** to specify how you wish your donation to be allocated.
At the end of the year branches should send excess branch funds to the office. Only basic running costs should be kept in your accounts. Don’t forget to include the donation form to tell us where you wish the money to go!
The Trustees of both General Funds are able to move the money they contain to any area of need, whereas money sent to the other specific funds cannot be used for any other purpose.
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS are determined by the Diocesan Board of Trustees in the second half of the year when any increase due to Mary Sumner House (MSH) has been publicised. Approximately half of the Diocesan subscription is paid to MSH for the running of our global charity. The revised annual subscriptions are publicised before the end of the year in FOCUS.
Diocesan Members (DM) and Indoor Members (IM) pay their subs on receiving a request from the Diocesan Office in January. This is also an opportunity for additional payments to be made to different MU Funds. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer and from 2019 by Direct Debit.
Branch Members pay their subs to their branch treasurer or from 2019 by Direct Debit to the Diocese.
ANNUAL RETURNS are dispatched to branches in early January. All forms must be returned to the Diocesan Office by mid-March, together with a cheque for current year subscriptions, made payable to “Mothers’ Union, Diocese of Oxford”. If any help is needed, in the first instance please contact email@example.com.
Please complete carefully from your branch income / expenditure records. The opening balance is printed, being the closing balance from the previous year. When both columns are completed and the closing balances added, income & expenditure columns should balance.
Treasurers are requested not to keep a high balance in their accounts at the end of the year. It is recommended that branches hold around £200 or less at year end. Please review branch accounts in the Autumn and send surplus funds to the Treasurer (via Diocesan Office) in November or early December. Indicate which MU Funds are to be credited.
Branch Membership List
Check all members details, make corrections, add new members. Addresses are needed for FOCUS mailing.
Ensure all new members have completed and signed the membership application forms and include these in your Returns.
MU Membership Form – follow this link for new members who enrol during the coming year.
Annual Gift Aid Return
Gift Aid information found here
Data Protection Declaration
All members must sign their agreement that the MU organisation can hold their data electronically. Further information can be found here.
Payment of MU subscriptions by Direct Debit
This is being introduced across the Diocese during 2018 to begin DD collection of MU subs in 2019. Subscriptions can still be paid by the original methods described above, but DD collection will be efficient, involve less work for branches and decrease the numbers of lapsed members.
Follow this link to sign up online – Oxford Direct Debit
Or download a Paper Mandate