Church Safe and secure Practices

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Insurance companies specialising in Churches:-


Templates below are examples ONLY and will need to be adjusted to fit your church regulations.

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Emergency Procedures

It’s a good idea to have EMERGENCY PROCEDURES in place, so staff know what to do in times of emergency.

A 9 page template of Emergency Procedures in Microsoft Word is available here :- emergency procedures


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Use of Facilities Policy

Download this 7 page word document of policies for anyone wanting to use the Church Facilities from here.


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Food

Many councils run a certificate course in Food Handling, either in person or online.

Posters for food areas are found at:-
https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/policiesandguidelines/food-safety-rules-posters
https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/factsheets/keep-hands-clean-and-food-safe-posters

Place a co-ordinator in charge of looking after stock and supplies within the kitchen, including hair nets, gloves and aprons etc, to help run the kitchen at a high standard. Have training available and a procedures manual available, so this can be referred to in times of need.


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Hazards

Hazards can be around the Church and when you’ve been at that particular Church for awhile, you may not notice some of them. It’s always a great idea of having a team to go with you when inspecting the property. Include someone from outside the Church, as a pair of fresh eyes may see things regular Church members don’t.

Here’s a word template form to help your recording.

Hazard Identification Form


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Maintenance

Here’s a draft of a Maintenance Checklist that you can adapt for your Church.

2 pages

Word Document

Maintenance Checklist


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Risk Management

Yearly reviews of the Church building is a great thing to do, especially when you take a fresh pair of eyes with you who can see things that you miss.  By doing these reports, it helps the Church be one step ahead of the hazards and keeps that momentum moving of keeping ahead and on top of issues.
Download an example template from here.

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Security

Who has a key? Use this form to keep track.
Key Sign Out


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Church Contents Register

Keep track of Church Contents.
Church Contents Register


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Church Contents Inventory

Here you’ll find a sample of a Church Contents Inventory form, that you can record the estimates and file with your insurance company. Some insurance companies have their own form for Churches that you can use. It’s important to store a copy of this form off the Church property, for security. The Microsoft Word document can be downloaded from here – Church Contents Inventory


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Fire

Thank you to Tyco Integrated Fire and Security for allowing us to share this fire extinguisher chart. It’s important to train staff and volunteers constantly in how to use fire equipment and practice fire drills.

More information and source of this photo is from http://www.wormald.com.au/

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  • Karen Stuckey

    Karen Stuckey is a dedicated church administrator Pastor with a passion for technology and closely supporting pastors. With over 25 years of experience in Church Administration, she founded Church Support Australia in 2011, offering Virtual Pastoral Administration and website creation services. Karen is a proud wife to Gavin and mother to three children, two in-loves, and grandmother to four adorable grandchildren.

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