Safety and Security Guidelines
Anticipating and preparing for crisis situations is an essential first step to dealing with them. Safety and security is extremely important and therefore Global Connections has formulated these guidelines in consultation with its members. Some of the guidelines have been formed specifically with high-risk areas in mind, but most of the principles can also be useful in lower risk situations and wherever or whenever crises arise.
As well as general information about safety and security, the guidelines are designed to assist with dealing with critical incidents as well as crisis management and prevention. They are also designed to apply to any UK based organisation or UK church sending staff or volunteers overseas. The principles should be applied to all types of staff such as mission partners, volunteers working overseas, national staff and UK staff visiting field locations. Agencies and churches should also apply them in all contexts, both long and short term, although some different procedures might be needed in each context.
It is impossible to provide “off the shelf” policies and procedures that fit all locations, circumstances and the needs of all groups. This set of guidelines therefore aims to help agencies and churches think through and develop their own agreed policies and procedures consistent with the standards set out in these guidelines. Agencies that are part of an international structure should ensure the International Office has appropriate policies and procedures in place and that the UK office is an integral part of any procedures.
Below are some links that you might find helpful:
Crisis Management - EISF Briefing Paper Crisis Management of Critical Incidents (April 2010)
Supporting families - EISF Guide Family First: Liaison and Support during a Crisis (2013)
Managing abduction - EISF Briefing Paper Abduction Management (May 2010)
There is also a useful tool concerning basic personal security training. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has made available to the public its Online security training. Once on the website then type in to select “Stay Safe Personal Security”. The course takes 3 hours and on completion of a final test a certificate is available for print.