Safeguarding children and adults

Click the following links if you are
concerned that a CHILD or ADULT WHO MAY BE AT RISK OF HARM has been harmed and urgent action is needed.

The Diocese of Portsmouth follows the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and adults who may be at risk of harm, together with the national Church of England policy Protecting All God’s Children 2010 and for adults, Promoting a Safe Church 2006.

The Portsmouth Diocesan Safeguarding Handbook can be accessed by clicking here

Safeguarding Training Booking Form

Safeguarding audit, January 2016

Our safeguarding arrangements have been independently audited by the SCIE. The report was published in January 2016. Read about the report here, and download the full report here.

Our action plan in response to that SCIE report has now been published. Read it here.

The diocesan commitment to the prevention of child and adult abuse

The Diocese recognises the reality of the abuse of children and adults, which can sometimes occur within the community of the church. The diocese and each parish wish to play their part together with parents, schools, carers and other agencies in the prevention of such abuse. We also recognise that the community of the Church may be a safe place for a child or an adult who has been abused to make a disclosure.

Most abuse of children and adults is committed by someone known to them and trusted by them, within the family, among friends, or in the local community. There is no single way to prevent abuse. It will always occur: therefore various measures need to be used at all times to decrease the possibility of abuse.

These include:

·         Procedures for both Diocese and parishes following the discovery or disclosure of abuse

·         Procedures to be followed in the safe recruitment of both paid and volunteer staff, including declaration forms and Criminal Records Disclosure Applications

·         Advice on providing a safe physical environment

·         Advice on recognising the signs and symptoms of child  and adult abuse and responding to concerns in respect of this

·         Ongoing support and training for those who supervise or have regular contact with vulnerable groups within a parish

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Ian Berry

Ian Berry acts as the Diocese Safeguarding Lead and is responsible for working with parishes and the church community to ensure that the Diocese of Portsmouth maintains the highest standards of safeguarding for all children and adults including promoting good practice in safeguarding, ensuring an appropriate pastoral and professional response to concerns and allegations. He is also responsible for managing the support and supervision of those who have offended against vulnerable groups in liaison with parishes and the statutory agencies.


 Tel: 0754 456 6850


Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Policy and Training)

Mary Daisy is responsible for delivering all safeguarding training throughout the Diocese and for monitoring the implementation & application of Safeguarding policies and procedures in each parish working with Incumbents and Safeguarding Representatives to achieve this.  


Please contact Mary on Tel: 02392 899677 or 07725 278104 during office hours or email


Mary's usual working days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The 2017 training programme will be sent out with the December newsletter and can be found by clicking the link below.




Mary Daisy


E-learning modules are compulsory for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children, young people and adults who may be at risk.  The programme covers issues specific to our organisation around safe working practices, signs and symptoms of abuse and how to respond to concerns.

To register for either or both e-learning modules please contact Theresa Winship at theresa.winship(at)  for an Organisation Code to access this learning. 

As part of this request you should provide the following details:


Once you have received the Organisation Code please click  the following link.


If you have any problems accessing this course please contact Theresa Winship at theresa.winship(at) or 023 9289 9665


Safeguarding Administrator

Theresa Winship

Theresa Winship works closely with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, to help co-ordinate, plan and monitor all aspects of safeguarding work within the Diocese. She is the central point of contact for all DBS disclosure enquiries.

Tel:  02392 899665

Click here to access current guidelines and forms for DBS checks.

Click here to access news from the DBS

Theresa's usual working days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Diocesan Safeguarding Panel

The Safeguarding Team is also supported by a Diocesan Safeguarding Panel appointed by the Bishop. The panel acts in a voluntary capacity to provide a professional advice and support service to respond to issues which may have serious implications for parishes and individuals. It is comprised of a number of highly qualified professionals with considerable experience of all aspects of Safeguarding, working with both victims and ex-offenders. Current panel members include senior social service and probation service managers, a consultant paediatrician and an NHS psychotherapist. The clergy is represented by the three archdeacons and also by the bishop's chaplain, the Revd Jenny Gaffin. 

Safeguarding Handbook - In Safe Hands

Click here to access the Diocesan Safeguarding Handbook, ‘In Safe Hands’ which sets out the Safeguarding policies and procedures for the Diocese of Portsmouth and includes downloadable policies, forms and templates.

Safeguarding Matters - Newsletters

Click here for the latest Safeguarding Newsletter December 2016

Click here to access the Safeguarding Matters Newsletters

More Information

Click below for more information relating to the protection of children and adults who may be at risk:

DBS (including new arrangements in response to DBS changes)

Applicants Guide to completing a DBS form

POLICY, PROCEDURES & PRACTICE: Safeguarding Handbook 'In Safe Hands'