It is vitally important that everyone attending and involved in church activities feels safe. With this in mind, the PCC (the church's local governing body) regularly reviews the measures in place to ensure that those likely to be in contact with children and young people and vulnerable adults are subject to appropriate checking procedures before they take up any church post. All members of the church's ministry and children's team are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) cleared. In addition, those in church leadership positions are required to undertake suitable training in order to help advance their knowledge and awareness of the issue. The church follows the recommendations of the Portsmouth Diocese and its handbook "In safe hands". Anyone with safeguarding concerns should contact the church's safeguarding officer, Debbie Andre, in the first instance. The church's 2017 safeguarding policy is attached.