Safeguarding & Inclusion

The Diocese of Winchester is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community.

*Immediate Risk*

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk, contact the Police on 999.

*Registering a concern*

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk or has been harmed, or are concerned about the behaviour of someone towards children or vulnerable adults, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Jane Fisher, as soon as possible using the contact details below.

Tel: 01962 737317 (24 hours a day)


Safeguarding Resources

We have a range of safeguarding documents and resources available to access and download here.

Safeguarding and Inclusion Department Courses for 2013-2014


Click here for the government DBS website portal.

Key Contacts

Jane Fisher, Director of Safeguarding and Inclusion

01962 737317

Jane may be contacted at any time for all enquiries relating to Safeguarding.


Siona Jeffery, Safeguarding Administrator

01962 737347

Revd Robert Sanday, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Chaplain

Tel: 023 8073 1091

Mob: 07768 040321


The main areas of work of the Safeguarding Department are:


  • Child Protection
  • Vulnerable Adult Protection
  • Domestic Abuse

The Diocese of Winchester aims to work with all our parishes to make them and all church-based activities safe environments, where children, young people and vulnerable adults are able to worship and join in all the activities the parish offers in a safe and positive environment.

We work to the House of Bishops' policies and procedures and in partnership with a range of statutory agencies - such as police, probation and social care services. 


The Safeguarding Department provides a range of services to parishes:

  • Advice on safe recruitment practices
  • Training on all aspects of Safeguarding
  • General advice on good practice

Contact Siona Jeffery (details above) to arrange a training session for your parish.

We aim to provide support and help to those who have experienced abuse, to provide opportunities for pastoral care and to join a worshiping community.

The role of Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser includes the following:

  • responding to parishes where there are concerns about situations regarding children or vulnerable adults, or when allegations of abuse have been made
  • taking the key role when allegations are made or concerns expressed about church officers
  • advising parishes on safeguarding policy and practice.


Safeguarding Panel

The Diocese of Winchester Safeguarding Panel is made up of key experts in the field. The Panel advises the Bishop of Winchester on all Safeguarding issues in the Diocese. The Panel also provides advice and supervision for the Safeguarding Adviser.

The Safeguarding Panel consists of Diocesan Secretary, Officers of the Church, and representation from Police, Magistrate, Probation, Social Work and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). The Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Panel is Jackie Rowlands. 


Safeguarding Registry

The Safeguarding Department also operates the Safeguarding Registry, which manages all DBS (> DBS replaces CRB) work for the Diocese.

We are currently awaiting the final shape of the review of the Independent Safeguarding Authority and the Vetting and Barring Scheme. In the meantime all DBS checking and rechecking should continue.

All enquiries regarding DBS checking and associated processes should be directed to Siona Jeffery (details above). Siona is available (8.15am-2.15pm Mon-Thurs) 


IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS that someone may be experiencing abuse or is behaving inappropriately towards others, please take action now. Phone Jane to discuss the situation and what action may be necessary on the number above.


Latest News from around the Diocese

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Legislation on women bishops becomes law

The General Synod has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.

Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter

Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from an official visit to East Africa in his capacity as the Church of England’s spokesperson on further and higher education.

New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy

Diocese welcomes changes to Reader Ministry

This summer, with the agreement of the Bishop’s Council and in line with other dioceses, we have started to use the term ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM) rather than ‘Reader’ for all those exercising this important ministry.

Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt RIP

We are sorry to announce the death of the former Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt.

New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral

New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team

Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre