SAFEGUARDING @stmarywarsash

We are committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and creating protective and supportive environments where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey in safety.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and adults, and Church of England policy and practice. Download a copy of our current Parish Safeguarding Handbook (V2 Oct 2018) here It was formally adopted by the PCC at the PCC Meeting on 8th January 2019.

All volunteers and staff who work with young people and vulnerable adults are required to sign a personal declaration, provide references and have an up to date Disclosure & Barring Service certification.  They are also required to undertake appropriate training with the Diocese of Portsmouth and receive certification on the succesful completion of their course.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Gemma Winterton who is a member of the Parochial Church Council.  She can be contacted on 07933 118720 or by email at

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers are Ian Berry who can be contacted on 07544 566850 or by email at and Mary Daisy who can be contacted on (023) 9289 9677 or by email at 

The Parochial Church Council have a Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy.  Download our latest Parish Safeguarding Policy here.  Annually we review and publish a Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement.  This was last reviewed in May 2021, a copy of which is viewable here.

Follow this link to go to the Diocese of Portsmouth Safeguarding Page.

Follow this link to download a copy of the Diocese of Portsmouth Safeguarding Training and Development Policy.