Use these resources to analyze the safety and security of your ministry programs.
There has been a significant increase in the number of people that struggle with food and environmental allergies. Reactions can range from mild to life-threatening. By adopting an allergy policy, congregations can be pro-active in preventing a medical emergency.
Some items to consider are:
Consider these questions to help you analyze how to secure and protect the investment in your building:
As of 2014, there are new requirements in Pennsylvania for screening employees and volunteers as well as mandatory reporting requirements. The following resources provide more detailed information:
For additional information, please contact the PA Department of Human Services or an attorney.
Beginning in 2011, all cribs sold (including resale) in the United States must meet new federal requirements for overall crib safety. Details can be found at the links below, provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
Preparing food for your church group? Follow these food safety tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):
Whenever anybody drives a vehicle on a church sponsored activity, the church could be held responsible for their actions behind the wheel. To make sure passengers are safe and to protect the church against suits, we encourage you to screen your drivers:
Churches frequently borrow or rent vehicles for short-term activities. If a vehicle is being rented, it should be rented in the name of the church. The person renting the vehicle must also obtain permission from the leadership board before the vehicle is rented.
If a church member is using their personal vehicle for a church-sponsored event, these are some important questions to consider:
Plan ahead before embarking on your next mission trip:
Counseling is an important part of a church's ministry to many hurting people. Counseling can include many different areas, including marital, family relationships, grief, etc. However, today's litigious society opens the door for suits related to your counseling ministry. Consider these questions to safeguard your church:
Ask these questions when considering the safety of your playground:
Some items to consider before renting your building:
Sexual misconduct suits are very common in churches and can have a devastating effect on the church and those involved. Churches can face allegations of negligent selection or improper screening of volunteers. Proper screening helps to reduce these allegations.
We provide the attached samples that you can modify for your specific ministry needs. We also suggest that you contact an attorney for legal compliance in your state.
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