Keeping yourself, your volunteers and visitors safe is mostly common sense.
Be aware of when you might be vulnerable, such as being in church alone, opening and locking up after an event, counting or banking collection money or perhaps just you are just busy in the building and not aware of what is going on around you.
Real life threats to your personal safety are very rare, but there are simple steps that you can take to minimise the risks. People may have followed the same practices for years without anything happening, but a quick reassessment is always worthwhile.
- look for any situations when there may be a risk to personal safety
- establish what the risk is
- think about and put in place measures to minimise the risk
This might include making sure that:
- no one is in your church alone when it is open
- all staff / volunteers have a mobile phone
- you post a list of emergency contacts on your notice board or inside the church
Ecclesiastical Insurance has more detailed guidance on ensuring personal safety in churches.
Ecclesiastical Insurance: personal safety