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Winchester Cathedral is committed to providing a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all, including children and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Cathedral activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Cathedral Community.
The Dean and Chapter accepts and adopts in full the contents of The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for Children, young people and adults, “Promoting a Safer Church”. (July 2017)
A copy of the Cathedral Safeguarding Policy is provided below, which should be read in conjunction with the Winchester Cathedral Safeguarding Practice Guidance, the Church of England and Winchester Diocese Policy and Practice Guidance.
If you would like a hard copy of these documents, please contact our Safeguarding Manager who will arrange this for you.
Find out more about safeguarding resources within the Diocese of Winchester
The Diocese of Winchester is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community. For more resources and information on safeguarding within the Diocese, please click here.
If you are concerned that someone is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from the Diocese Safeguarding Manager using the contact details above.
If you need advice or to report a concern outside normal office hours, please ring Hampshire Social Care Out of Hours Service 0300 555 1373.
If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk, contact the police 999.
Safeguarding: A message from the Dean
Dean Catherine talks about the pivotal role of Safeguarding, why it is fundamental to the life of the Cathedral and the upcoming audit, carried out by the Social Care Institute of Excellence, which will assess the Cathedrals safeguarding arrangements.
Safeguarding: Weekly newsletter
Each week, Emma Bourner, the Cathedral Safeguarding Manager, discusses a different topic related to Safeguarding in a weekly newsletter that is distributed to the community roll, volunteers and staff at Winchester Cathedral.
Domestic Abuse – where to get help during the COVID-19 pandemic
Many children and families will be confined to their homes due to isolation and social distancing. Unfortunately, home is not always a place of safety, but a place for potential fear, abuse and violence. For help and support, see contact details below.
If the situation is an emergency, please call 999.