Update: Childcare Policies for Off-Campus Groups

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Do you have childcare worker policies and procedures for off-campus groups?  That’s the short version of a question that was asked last week.  The question was prompted by <em>on-campus</em> childcare/ministry liability concerns that are mitigated (big word meaning “make less severe”) by policies and procedures (i.e., fingerprinting, child-worker ratios, 2 person rule, etc.).

Turns out every survey completed indicated that they had no policies or procedures for off-campus childcare for small groups.  In addition, none of the surveys indicated that they’d ever had a problem that resulted in liability for the home-owner or the church.

Should your church have a policy?  You’ll need to consult your attorney and/or insurer.  Based on the survey results, it doesn’t appear to be an issue in many churches.

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  1. Krista on October 6, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Are the survey results posted? I’m curious… how many people took the survey? Thanks for sharing!

  2. Mark Howell on October 6, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Krista, I got only 13 responses. All 13 indicated that they did not have policy or procedures for off-campus small group childcare. In addition, all 13 indicated that they’d never had any homeowner or church liability issues.