The personal safety of clergy, paid church staff and volunteers – as well as that of members of the congregation and of other building users – is an important component of every parish’s Risk Assessment and Health & Safety Policy.
Keeping people safe is easier than you might think. A lot of the measures which can be taken are common sense and can be implemented at very little cost. Here are our Top Tips for keeping people safe:
- let somebody know where you are and when you expect to finish when working in church alone or at night.
- ensure that your mobile phone is charged up if you are relying on it to summon assistance if needed.
- ensure that exterior lights are in good working order.
- ensure that all church staff and volunteers are familiar with the advice contained in our FREE Personal Safety booklet.
- remember that your life and health are ALWAYS more valuable than church cash and trinkets – even “priceless” ones!
- ensure that your parish’s Risk Assessment and Health & Safety Policy cover any risks to Personal Safety.
- carry out dangerous tasks, such as working at height, while you are alone in church.
- approach someone you are worried about in or around the church grounds – call for assistance instead.
- try using “self defence techniques” unless you have been properly trained and certified in their use.