Safeguarding at St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church, Cowes 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, first undergoes a DBS (Disclosure and Barring System) check before they can take up their positions. They are also required to attend regular training.

Our policy statement is updated annually and can be seen displayed the church noticeboard just inside the main door of the church.

Safeguarding Officer

Barbara Winder is our Safeguarding Officer and she, along with Rev Andrew Poppe, are the first people 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 Barbara Winder by telephone: 01983 293103

Or Rev Andrew Poppe:

Telephone: 01983 292509

Address: The Vicarage, St Marys Church, Church Road, Cowes, PO31 8HA

Diocese of Portsmouth Safeguarding Advisor

Ian Berry

Telephone: 07544 566850

Or visit


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.