Safety and Security for Places of Worship in London: supporting each other across religious traditions.
Pilot course starting this year: one evening per week over 6 weeks at New Scotland Yard.
The training is for small to medium sized places of worship, with an encouraging message to build confidence and to kick-start some action.
We will learn across faith boundaries, developing diverse networks of support. Our emphasis is on bottom-up ways of working, building on the good work already taking place.
Connecting with our public agency colleagues, we will link churches with temples, synagogues with gurdwaras and Islamic centres: we will not only upskill ourselves, but will understand each other’s different safety concerns and become better able to support each other.
- People in places of worship – safeguarding, lone workers, secure spaces, staff, volunteers (with Metropolitan Police)
- Emergencies – terror attack, flood, pandemic & recovery plans (with Ecclesiastical Insurance, Metropolitan Police & London Resilience)
- Hate Crime – on the street, on public transport, online abuse (with British Transport Police, Tell Mama & Community Security Trust)
- Safety in buildings – worship/teaching, events & visitors, statutory requirements, checks, fire prevention, exits, drilling procedures (with Ecclesiastical Insurance, Community Security Trust & Metropolitan Police)
- Supportive links – Borough Councils, Metropolitan Police, City Hall, London Transport Police, London Fire Brigade, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Tell Mama, Community Security Trust, London Resilience, NHS, Public Health
- Checklists – who does what, legal obligations, communications, governance and media matters
The pilot course will be open to suggestions and changes along the way and the learning will be captured. We hope the course will be both robust and popular, and rolled out to other areas of the country.
To register your place of worship on the waiting list for training, or if your organisation is interested in contributing to this initiative, please get in touch.
We are grateful to Ecclesiastical Insurance for their continuing support.