Exercising a duty of care involves taking steps to avoid causing foreseeable harm to another person or his/her property. Third Level Menu 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. Administrative Standards Download standards for various types of ministry. Emergency Planning 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. Governance Responsibilities Sound financial management, regular audits, and carrying the right types and amounts of insurance are parts of a duty of care. Incorporation 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. Caring Community Providing an environment where people feel safe and welcome is just one aspect of our duty of care to those we serve. Safe Spaces in a Global Context When a complaint is made by or about a United Church employee, volunteer, delegate, or elected member, the church will receive, investigate, and resolve the complaint in a fair, appropriate, and timely manner, collaborating with global partners. 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.