Exercising a duty of care involves taking steps to avoid causing foreseeable harm to another person or his/her property.
About Duty of Care
The Duty of Care Program works with ministries in providing an environment that protects both the to protect individuals receiving services and those who deliver those services.
Download standards for various types of ministry.
Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is part of good planning, one of the principles of duty of care.
Health and Safety
The information on these pages can assist your ministry in meeting the requirements of your provincial/territorial legislation.
Sound financial management, regular audits, and carrying the right types and amounts of insurance are parts of a duty of care.
Incorporating as a United Church ministry involves not only provincial/federal regulations but also church requirements, which are identified in The Manual, section B.8 and the Incorporated Ministries document.
Providing an environment where people feel safe and welcome is just one aspect of our duty of care to those we serve.
Screening of Volunteers and Leaders
To maintain a safe environment, volunteers and staff in a position of trust with anyone who is vulnerable go through a screening process.
Safe Spaces for Worship and Work
The policies on sexual misconduct, workplace violence and harassment, and police records checks are particularly relevant to safety.
Accessibility and the Church
As welcoming communities, we strive to eliminate all barriers, visible or invisible, that limit the full participation of individuals.
Social Media in Church Ministry
Those in leadership roles who use social media need to keep in mind the power of this medium and the accompanying risks.
- Screening of Volunteers and Leaders