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.
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Bishop Rob’s New Year safeguarding message
I have been re-reading the Pastoral Principles of the Church of England. They are very helpful, as we seek to navigate our diversity together. One Principle is to be attentive to power. This is something that I have tried to be very aware of, as your Commissary Bishop. Knowing responsibilities and limitations is crucial when it comes to leadership. Being attentive to power is also critical when we come to safeguarding. Often poor safeguarding comes with a skewed power dynamic, where there is an absence of accountability and transparency.
I hope that this message will encourage all of us to be attentive to the power dynamics that we exercise, especially as much of it will be unconscious. Why not ask a colleague to reflect with you on how you exercise power, and together we may discover a safer church, a more attentive church, and a church which enables God’s people to flourish as a result.
With my prayers and God’s blessing.
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7 December 2021
A welcome from our new Safeguarding Trainer, Julia Barton read more
1 December 2021
Here's a message from Kerry Young, who now chairs our Diocesan Advisory Safeguarding Panel read more
14 October 2020
Bishop Christopher has responded to the national report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual ... read more