St Wilfrid’s takes safeguarding very seriously. We actively promote and pursue Portsmouth Diocese’s Safer Recruitment Policy, whereby everyone who wishes to work for the church with children, young people or vulnerable adults who may be at risk of harm to first undergo a thorough recruitment process including a DBS (Disclosure and Barring System) check before they can take up their positions. They also have to provide us with satisfactory references and agree to undergo regular training.

Our policies are updated annually and can be seen displayed in the halls and also on the church notice board, and on this website:

Safeguarding Policy Statement

Responding Promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

Click here for the Church of England Parish Safeguarding Handbook

Click here for the Church of England’s Promoting A Safer Church

Safeguarding Officer

Val Strutt is our Safeguarding Officer and is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child,  young person or vulnerable adult.

Anyone with safeguarding concerns can contact Val at the parish office or email Val checks her emails regularly even when not in the office and will get back straight away. The Vicar can also be contacted.

Val Strutt
Safeguarding Officer


St Wilfrid’s Church
Padnell Road

02392 9226 2295


Diocese of Portsmouth Safeguarding Advisor

Ian Berry

07544 566850


NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.