Are you wondering what types of insurance your church or charity needs? One place to start is by considering what are the most important things to protect in your organisation
Solid risk management is crucial for protecting your organisation’s assets and preventing property and monetary losses, accidents, injuries, and liability claims.
But even with the best risk practices in place things can still go wrong. This is where insurance comes in as it provides a layer of financial protection for unintended incidents and consequences.
When it comes to securing the best church insurance, charity insurance, or insurance for community groups, you need to think in terms of what needs protecting within your organisation. Here are the three main areas to consider.
1. Protection of your property
Loss of or damage to property can come from various causes, including fire, flood, lightning, burglary, theft, vandalism, and terrorism.
Measures for protecting property include:
- tight security to prevent unauthorised entry or break-ins
- terrorism risk strategies for crowded places
- robust fire safety practices, including the seven essential safety measures
- development of a storm and flood plan
- responsible financial management and cash handling, and
- workplace internal controls to prevent fraud and theft.
For insurance cover – an Industrial Special Risk (ISR) policy can provide your organisation with financial protection for property, including buildings, contents, and grounds. As well as the right type of cover to match your risks it’s crucial to get the right level of cover to avoid being under-insured (a common problem in Australia!).
To assist you with this, Faith Insurance provides no-charge professional valuations to make sure you get tailored property cover at the right level you need.
Our ISR insurance also includes cover for business interruption for loss of revenue if your centre needed to close for a period of time due to a covered incident.
2. Protection of your people
By “people” we mean congregants or members, visitors, staff, clergy, volunteers, and children – in fact, anyone who visits your premises or engages with your centre.
Risk management measures include:
- maintaining safe premises to prevent accidents and injuries such as slips, trips and falls
- a safe workplace to reduce the risk of harm to employees and volunteers
- Working-With-Children checks and child-safe practices to provide safe environments for kids and to prevent child abuse
- safe food handling at events and functions
- risk strategies for youth camps, events, and travel, and
- setting of boundaries and ethical guidelines when delivering services to clients, such as pastoral care or counselling.
Your insurance package should include a range of coverages for people protection. This includes the following:
- General Liability – for claims of third-party injury, harm or loss.
- Management Liability – cover in case of allegations of harm by directors, officers or employees.
- Professional Indemnity – for claims of harm from your services, such as prayer ministry or counselling sessions.
- Event liability cover – for events or youth camps you may need additional short-term cover.
- Personal Accident insurance – for volunteers, youth and ministers.
Faith Insurance can also arrange business travel cover for domestic and international travel if required.
In addition, Workers’ Compensation insurance is mandatory for all organisations that employ people – our previous post on this topic has more details.
It’s important to note that certain activities may not be covered in a liability policy. This includes extreme sports and some outdoor activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting – see our previous article for more info on this.
3. Protection of your data
This one can often get treated as an afterthought but should never be! By all accounts cybercrime is growing at an unprecedented rate and even the most tech-savvy can get duped.
Data loss and identity theft can result from ransomware and other types of online scams. The consequences can be devastating and may include privacy breaches, financial losses, and reputational damage.
Practical strategies for cyber risks involve regular backups and software updates, setting multi-factor authorisations, tight access controls, anti-virus software and firewalls, and training your staff how to recognise email scams and report them.
You should also seriously consider cyber insurance for financial protection for a range of cyber risks, including extortion, data theft, and privacy and data breach liability.
For more information and further reading
To find out more on risk management and insurance to protect your property, people, and data, call 13 000 FAITH or send us an online message.
Also see our other articles on the following topics:
Written by Tess Oliver at Gold Star Writing
Tags: asset protection, data, health & safety