Your responsibility for people on church premises
An overview of your responsibilities for looking after people who visit your church premises and ensuring that they are kept safe.
Whatever the extent to which young people are involved in your church, you will need to take steps to make sure that they remain safe.
Young people are an important part of any church community, and their participation is actively encouraged. Many are practising Christians, some are part of a choir, the bell-ringing team, a Sunday school or share close links through their school or a community group such as Scouts or Guides.
Very occasionally, some larger churches may take on young people as apprentices, for work experience, or as employees. Whatever the extent to which young people are involved in your church, there may be some steps you will need to take to make sure that they remain safe.
If you employ young people, you have a responsibility to ensure that they are not exposed to risk due to their:
Beyond this, if someone is injured you may need to show that you have met your duty of care. For example, if your church youth group is carrying out an activity you have organised, you may need to make sure that it is done safely.
Safeguarding matters are not covered by health and safety law. Here, you will need to refer to other resources for information and guidance on this.
Typical precautions to protect young people include:
* Note: this list is not exhaustive
For more information, download our guide about young people.