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In common with many charitable bodies, Anglican churches are embracing digital technology and there is little doubt that this trend has accelerated as a consequence of the pandemic.
To explore this, we recently conducted research on how churches have gone digital to counter lockdown and have found some wonderful examples of this in action.
Digital technology is enabling churches to reach out to their communities and further their mission in new ways. However, whilst there are many obvious benefits there are also associated risks that need to be managed in such areas as data protection, copyright, licencing, safeguarding and cybercrime.
The Church of England has recognised the real benefits of digital technology and as part of its Renewal and Reform strategy, it has created a centralised digital team to develop its approach to the web, social media and wider technological innovation. This has resulted in a significant amount of guidance and training being produced for its churches.
There is also some very helpful information on the Parish Resources website around such things as GDPR, digital giving and remote PCC meetings.
The Charity Commission offers a wealth of information for charities on its website and many diocese have guidance available for their churches.
We have also produced a cyber risk management guide for charities which we hope you will find of help.
Many of our church customers often ask us about the insurance implications of using digital technology. We have therefore identified some common examples of how digital technology is being used in churches along with the related insurance and risk management considerations.
Common examples of digital technology in churches:
Whilst insurance is available for a number of the risks associated with digital technology it must be remembered that churches should also have policies and procedures in place to manage these risks.
Your church insurance policy includes cover for:
We are able to offer an optional cyber insurance policy that provides additional specialist cover. See our summary: Cyber insurance summary
It should be noted that whilst insurance cover is available as outlined, it is our expectation that churches will research and follow the good practice guidance that has been developed by the Church of England (centrally and via your diocese) and other appropriate organisations such as the Charity Commission.
We appreciate that this is a complex area and therefore please contact us on 0345 777 3322 if you wish to discuss any aspects of your policy cover.