17 October 2019
Today we find ourselves in a digital society. With almost daily use of smart phones, social media and email; we are emancipated by the digital world, even when carrying out routine activities.
Working alone can present new risks and in some situations, extra caution is required to remain safe.
Most people are kind natured and leave others to get on with what they do. But sadly there is a slight chance that someone might try and take advantage or put you in danger.
A personal safety plan gives details of what to do if a problem ever arises.
Personal safety plans should be clear and easy to understand. They may include:
You should consider the training needs of anyone at your church who is likely to be working alone. These might be identified in a risk assessment or by speaking with the individual to understand their needs. You may need to provide support or guidance when dealing with visitors or parishioners who require special attention e.g. mental health issues or other disabilities.