We believe that every person has intrinsic value and dignity as those created in the image of God. This places upon us a duty to care for and value all people and to protect them from harm.

Recognising that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church, we commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all; especially children (all aged under 18 years) and adults at risk.

Therefore, we aim to:

  • Safeguard all people in a way that supports them to make choices and have control over their lives, prevents harm to them and reduce risk of abuse or neglect.
  • Stop abuse or neglect wherever possible, particularly challenging any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust
  • Provide accessible information and support to help people better understand the different types of abuse, how to stay safe, and what to do to raise a concern about the safety or well-being of any person
  • Raise public awareness so that our community, alongside professionals, plays their part in preventing, identifying and responding to abuse and neglect
  • Promote an approach that concentrates on improving the lives of all people concerned, this includes taking proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working with children and adults at risk
  • Promptly respond any concerns or allegations that a child or adult at risk may have been harmed, co-operating fully in any formal investigations.
  • Address the cause of the abuse or neglect, where necessary, alongside the statutory authorities or independent specialist organisations.
  • Offer pastoral care to support the recovery from abuse or neglect
  • Seek to offer pastoral care and support, including where necessary referral to the appropriate authorities to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or adult at risk.

Our Safeguarding Team

Our safeguarding team are Megan Bailey, Emma Nichols and Helen Pain.

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer: Jackie Rowlands

Who to contact:

Immediate risk – If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk, contact the Police by calling 999.

If you’d like to register a concern – Please contact our safeguarding team on safeguarding@ascensionsouthampton.co.uk and contact the diocesan safeguarding team on  01962 737317 safeguarding@winchester.anglican.org

Useful documents:

The Parish Safeguarding Handbook  
The Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement
Winchester Diocese Safeguarding