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

Coronavirus updates

Changes to DBS ID Checking Guidelines

Temporary changes have been made to DBS identity checking guidelines, as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). These changes are with immediate effect.

Update from the DBS 9th July 2020

"We are aware that it is taking longer than usual to process UK passport applications, as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In response to this, DBS will temporary allow expired UK passports to be used for ID checking purposes, if within 6 months of their expiry date. The applicant must be in possession of their expired passport, to use it as an identity document."

All Church of England safeguarding policies and practice guidance, including safer recruitment, remain in effect.

All face to face safeguarding training has been postponed until further notice.  Basic (C0) and Foundation (C1) are available online, accessed via the Safeguarding Training link below.

Vulnerable adults - keeping safe whilst self-isolating - guide from Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board

Domestic Abuse - where to get help during the Covid-19 pandemic -  A4 poster and A5 poster from Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service/Partnership (covers Hampshire), Pippa (covers Southampton), YOU Trust (covers Dorset), BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole)

Advice for using video conferencing for youth work during Covid-19

Hampshire & IOW CYP Crisis Line: 11-17 year olds

Havant and East Hants Mind Leigh Park Community Centre Dunsbury way, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5BG

02392498916  |  |

Hampshire & IOW CYP Crisis Line - leaflet

Hampshire & IOW CYP Crisis Line - Poster 1

Hampshire & IOW CYP Crisis Line - Poster 2


Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces, commissioned by the Anglican and Catholic Churches in England and Wales, will be run by Victim Support, a national charity with a track record of providing survivor support.

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales.

Safe Spaces comprises a team of trained support advocates, who have undergone specialist training in supporting survivors of sexual violence and who have received additional specific training in how the churches respond to abuse cases, the way in which faith and church-related settings have been used to carry out abuse, and the particular issues affecting people who have had or still have, a relationship with the church.

The service is for those who may have experienced any form abuse, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, financial abuse, psychological abuse (including spiritual abuse), domestic abuse, coercive and controlling behaviour.

In a safeguarding emergency ring 999.

Out of hours evenings a weekends advice can be obtained from Hampshire County Council (no matter where you live in the Diocese on 0300 555 1373).

The Diocese safeguarding team can be contacted on 01962 737317 safeguarding @winchester.anglican org.

Child to parent violence help

New service for parents or carers who feel at risk from violence or threats of violence from young people under their care

Please find below a newly published leaflet from the Office Police and Crime commissioner detailing the current service arrangements and relevant contacts for Adolescent to Parent Violence (APV) interventions across Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

Quick Reference

*Immediate Risk*

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


*Registering a Concern*

01962 737317

*Out of Hours Service*

If you need immediate advice or help on Monday to Friday 6pm – 8am or on weekend and Bank Holidays

0300 555 1373

Past Cases Review 2

Details of actions the Diocese of Winchester are taking, as part of the Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) and how survivors’ voices can be heard as part of this process.

The Diocese of Winchester is part of the Hampshire Safeguarding Partnership and the the latest HSCP annual report covering the years 2019-2020 can be found here


Citizens Advice is a network of independent charities offering free confidential and impartial advice online, over the phone and in person. We can all face problems that seem complicated or intimidating and Citizens Advice provides good quality, independent advice to help people at a time of need. Citizen’s Advice Hampshire has published a number of winter initiatives to support people in Hampshire over the winter period as detailed here in the attached document. 

Contact Us

Safeguarding Manager

Jackie Rowlands

01962 737317

Safeguarding Trainer

Natasha Nield

01962 737322

Safeguarding Administrator

Siona Jeffery

01962 737347