Safeguarding Policy

Promoting a safer church

The Church of St James, Porto is committed to maintaining a Safeguarding policy, in line with diocesan procedures and good practice and the House of Bishops’ Policy, Parish Safeguarding Handbook, Promoting a Safer Church. (2018)

St James’ Chaplaincy Council reviews and endorses all safeguarding policies annually, at the first meeting of the new Chaplaincy Council, so that new members are aware of their responsibilities and affirm the Parish Policy on Safeguarding. The highest standards will be maintained in all the Church’s contacts with children, young people and vulnerable adults.  Adult volunteers will be given appropriate support and opportunities for training.

The Chaplaincy Council acknowledges its responsibility for all work with children and vulnerable adults done in the name of the Church and requires all those engaged in such work to be properly appointed and supported in accordance with current good practice and guidelines issued through the Diocese in Europe.

St James’ has appointed, as our Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer:
Tel: +351 916 201 851 email

2020 Chaplaincy’s Safeguarding Policy

For more detailed information regarding Safeguarding Protocol and Guidance visit

You can find the detailed diocesan policy, and how it is implemented across all chaplaincies in the diocese, on the Diocesan website : here

The Church of England Parish Safeguarding Handbook can be read here

For details of online training visit

Quarterly Diocesan Safeguarding Newsletter is available here