Diocese of Portsmouth


The Diocese of Portsmouth is 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.

For information about the Parish Safeguarding Dashboard please click here

Reporting a concern

If you need to report a concern about safeguarding in one of our churches or church activities, click here to find out the best routes to do so. We will take all concerns seriously.

Future of Church Safeguarding

The Future of Church Safeguarding team are conducting a series of in-person interviews as part of seeking to understand how a fully independent safeguarding model would be implemented in the Church of England. The In-person interviews will seek contributions from people with experience of Church safeguarding within the last five years. The interviews will take place in six dioceses around England, which have been selected to ensure that the Programme’s work is informed by a wide range of views, across all the regions of England. Interviews will be taking place in our diocese on October 25-26. You can find out more here.

Past Cases Review 2

The Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) is the most comprehensive safeguarding review our diocese has ever carried out. We asked reviewers who were independent of our diocese and the Church to sift through decades of paperwork to help us to deal appropriately with any outstanding safeguarding concerns from previous years. It was part of a national Church of England project.

You can read more about the findings of our Past Cases Review 2 and download a copy of the executive summary from here