Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. National guidelines state that all organisations that work with children, young people and vulnerable adults share a commitment to safeguard and promote their welfare. Everyone in the church community has a responsibility to ensure there is a welcome for all people and a 
responsibility for the safety, well being and protection of others.  
Portishead Church of England is commited to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable. 
We follow safe recruitment procedure to carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the church for children, young people and vulnerable adults, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes. 
We will respond to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, co-operating with the Police and local authority in any investigation. 
We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care. 
In support of the principles the parish follows the Diocese of Bath & Wells “Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy 2011”. This can be found online here
Hard copies are available to borrow in the safeguarding folders in the library sections of both churches and in the church room at the St Barnabas Children’s Centre. 
The policy offers guidance on areas such as recognising abuse, responding to concerns, promoting safer recruitment and working practice, supporting survivors of abuse and managing offenders.
If anyone has any questions regarding this policy or our parish’s response to it, or has a safeguarding concern of any nature, they should please contact Rev. Robert Eastwood Dewing or Andy Sparks (Safeguarding Person) safeguarding@portisheadparish.co.uk.