Safeguarding: Promoting a Safer Church

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.

Independent Safeguarding Audit Report 2021

Winchester Cathedral Safeguarding Audit Report 2021.

Post Safeguarding Audit Report Action Points 2021. 


Policy Statement

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)

Winchester Cathedral Safeguarding Policy Statement

Cathedral Safeguarding Policy 

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.

Winchester Cathedral Safeguarding Policy 2020

Winchester Cathedral Safeguarding Practice Guidance

Church of England Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance

Safeguarding Aide Memoire 2020-2021

Safeguarding Complaints Policy 

Domestic Abuse Policy

Winchester Cathedral Safeguarding Working Group – Terms of Reference 

Recruitment of ex-offenders 

Links to National and Local Organisations 

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.

Safeguarding Contacts

Winchester Cathedral Safeguarding Manager
Emma Bourner
07393 126649
01962 857281


The Winchester Diocese Safeguarding Manager
Jackie Rowlands
01962 737317

If you have a Safeguarding Concern

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.  


8th July: Safeguarding – SCIE Safeguarding Audit

29th June: Survivors Voices

22nd June: National School Sports Week 2021

16th June: Loneliness Awareness Week

7th June: Adverse childhood experiences

1st June: Volunteers Week

24th May: The Internet Watch Foundation

18th May: Dementia Action Week

13th May: Coercive control 

6th May: Meetoo App for young people

29th April: Mental health and well-being for young people

22nd April: Children and adults in education 

15th April: Supporting someone who is grieving 

8th April: Stress Awareness Month

1st April: Support for domestic abuse 

25th March: Domestic abuse 

18th March: Older people living with Dementia

11th March: Becoming a victim of scam emails 

4th March: The four R’s 

25th February: The definition of a ‘vulnerable adult’ 

18th February: Safer Internet Day

11th February: A message from the Dean 

4th February: Children’s mental health week 

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.

Freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 200 0247 (24 hours).

Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service 03300 165 112.

Struggling to feed your family? – Where to get help during the COVID 19 pandemic

Increasingly, families may be struggling to feed their families during this time. This may be due to a number of factors including unemployment. For help and support, see contact details below.

Winchester Basics Bank