Alton Webteam: September 2015
Tim Carter has been appointed to the post of Connexional Safeguarding Adviser to the Methodist Church.
Tim has been involved in the safeguarding work of the Methodist Church for a number of years, most recently as a member of the connexional Safeguarding Committee. He joins the team from children's charity Barnardo's, where he is currently an Assistant Director, and will take on leadership of the Church's vital work on safeguarding, working in partnership with the Church of England.
Tim said: "It's not every day that an opportunity like this presents itself and I am really pleased to have been appointed to advise the Church through the next chapter in the on-going story of how we rise to the challenge of making sure our work with children and vulnerable adults is safe and well supported. We know that our practice has made significant advances and yet the world does not stand still and we have to be constantly reviewing our effectiveness and adherence to new legislation and research evidence. I am looking forward to leading this."
The future work of the Safeguarding team is particularly significant in light of the Church's Past Safeguarding Review, which reported in May this year.
The report highlighted 23 recommendations, which include improvements to record keeping and storage, a review of all current safeguarding training materials and the identification of further resources to support victims and survivors of abuse. One of the most urgent concerns highlighted by the recommendations is the need for greater levels of accountability and supervision, as well as a formal code of conduct, for ministers.
Additionally, selection criteria for senior church positions will be developed to include awareness of and ability to deal effectively with safeguarding issues. Until the Methodist Church has more robust accountability processes in place and fully operational, there will be an annual independent audit of progress on the recommendations.
Tim will join the Safeguarding team on 23 November.
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