5 Effective Risk Management Strategies for Keeping Your Community Safe

July 3, 2019 - 5 minutes read

hand-1917895_640Committing to making your organisation a safe place is not only a legal and obligatory matter, but an ethical one as well. It also helps to reduce the costs that can arise when things go wrong.

The term ‘safety’ in this context refers to not only the physical (i.e. your property) but also to emotional, spiritual and even financial aspects of your organisation. This means that as well as creating safe premises to reduce the risk of injuries, you also need to ensure people are protected from abuse of all kinds.

Here are five ways to help keep your community safe.

1. Safe physical environments

Creating a safe physical environment through safe church policies and procedures helps reduce the risk of injuries from slips, trips, falls and other types of accidents and harmful events. This includes:

Also, see our previous post on the seven Essential Safety Measures for churches.

2. Personal health and safety

People also need protection from the less “tangible” risks in your organisation. This includes such aspects as:

3. Safety of employees and volunteers

If you employ people or use volunteers in your organisation you need to ensure your working environment is a healthy one to keep people safe at work. This involves:

4. Protection of children and youth

Keeping kids and young people safe should be a top priority in any church or faith organisation. Examples:

The ChildSafe program has also been specially developed to provide churches and other organsations with resources and training to improve child safety. Membership is free for all insured members – check our previous post for more info.

5. Financial protection

As a faith organisation it’s important to be accountable for all donations and funds received. Our posts explain more on this topic:

Need risk management assistance?

Creating a robust risk management plan for your organisation is essential but can be a complex matter. If you need assistance with this ring or email Greg McLean.

Written by Tess Oliver

 

 

 

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