Accidents and incidents where a child or young person is injured on church property or during an event that the church is running do happen from time to time.

  • Accidents are those things that are unexpected.
  • Incidents are an act that harms someone, such as bullying or fighting.

If leaders are prepared and know what to do in the event of an accident or incident then it is possible that the harm caused can be reduced. Consider:

  • the need for a leader with a First Aid Certificate or similar qualification,
  • a well stocked first aid kit,
  • access to a telephone, and
  • access to contact information for parents / carers.

Permission notes for activities, particularly those off-site, should always include specific permission for the church to seek medical help in the event of an emergency. See our sample Off-site or Travel Permission Note.

Contact the Conduct Protocol Unit on 02 9690 9325 for further information about what to do in the event of an accident or incident.