Diocese of Portsmouth

Safeguarding Concerns/Referrals

We have a team of Safeguarding experts here to support you. If you have a safeguarding concern, our Safeguarding Team can be contacted during office hours, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm via: 
Telephone: 023 9289 9665

Out of Hours advice can be sought from the Thirtyone:eight helpline on 0303 003 1111, selecting option 2.

All new parish safeguarding concerns should be reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team using the form below.

Safeguarding Report Form

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate attention, call emergency services on 999.

General enquiries

For training enquiries:
Email safeguardingtraining@portsmouth.anglican.org  

For general/DBS enquiries:
Email  safeguarding.admin@portsmouth.anglican.org
Telephone: 023 9289 9677

Meet the Team

Emily Hassan

Emily Hassan
Diocesan Safeguarding Manager

Claire Lewis
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Theresa Winship

Theresa Winship
Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator

Daisy Gandey
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Karen Johnson
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Chloe Whittle
Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator

Julia Barton
Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team are committed to responding to safeguarding concerns and giving advice. We are not however able to offer an emergency or 24-hour response.  Please click here to find details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services.

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) plays an important role in the Diocese of Portsmouth, The DSAP works in partnership with the Bishop’s Staff and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team in offering strategy, policy and practice advice and support to the Diocese.

The DSAP is constituted in line with the House of Bishop’s practice guidance ‘Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church Office Holders and Bodies 2017’. The DSAP Chair reports to the Bishop of Portsmouth. DSAP members are appointed by the Bishop and include professionals with expertise and current experience in the strategic overview and practices regarding the safeguarding of children and adults.

Contacting the DSAP

If you are not happy about how a safeguarding matter has been dealt with and you cannot resolve the issue or concern with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team you can contact the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel.

The DSAP is always interested in hearing feedback and comments regarding safeguarding matters in the diocese. If you wish to comment, compliment or complain about a safeguarding concern the Chair of the Panel contact details are below:

Kerry Young (Chair of Safeguarding Advisory Panel)
Address: c/o Diocese of Portsmouth, First Floor, Peninsular House, Wharf Road, PO2 8HB