DAC and adviser site visits


Coronavirus (COVID-19) and church buildings

  • Please see the dedicated web page on Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for church buildings in Lichfield Diocese
  • The additional policy and procedure below relate to DAC and adviser site visits during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Site visits during COVID-19

Site visits to church buildings and churchyards conducted by DAC members as a group (DAC site visits), and visits undertaken by DAC advisers as individuals (adviser site visits), have been postponed since 26th March 2020 due to statutory restrictions on movement and gatherings. The reopening of church buildings for public worship and related activities from 4th July 2020 permits the restarting of DAC and adviser site visits, as follows:

  • Lichfield DAC and adviser site visits can resume from 1st August 2020 (with the pausing of shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • The undertaking of site visits is subject to individual requirements and local situations, and only in accordance with the policy and procedure below
  • The DAC officer responsible for the DAC site visit, or the relevant DAC adviser for the adviser site visit, will consider all information provided with the visit request to confirm with the parish that the matter is not able to be done on papers (or by video conferencing), without a visit

Policy

  1. The Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance (LDBF) is responsible for the health and safety of the DAC officers, members and advisers, and has a duty of care for church officers and others, in relation to DAC and adviser site visits.
  2. The conducting of site visits must be in accordance with legislation and Government guidance, and related Church of England guidance, on safe practices (including social distancing and hygiene measures) regarding church buildings during COVID-19.
  3. All visiting DAC officers, members and advisers, and hosting church officers and others, must undertake site visits in accordance with the procedure below.

Procedure

  1. All DAC and adviser site visits will be undertaken in line with the guidance note on the COVID-safe operation of site visits published by the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England (please note: within the guidance, for 'the Division' read 'the DAC', and for 'NCI staff' read 'DAC officers').
  2. In accordance with that guidance, and extending from it, the DAC officer responsible for the DAC site visit, or the relevant DAC adviser for the adviser site visit, will:
    • Ask the parish ahead of the visit to provide a copy of its own current COVID-19 risk assessment, produced when it reopened following lockdown (including any updates made since)
    • Complete a diocesan COVID-19 risk assessment, for that specific visit, prior to attending
    • Submit these two risk assessments to the DAC Office (and get authorisation from their line manager or equivalent to attend the visit)
  3. In addition to that guidance, face coverings are required to be worn within church buildings from 8th August 2020, by all visiting DAC officers, members and advisers, and hosting church officers and others, in accordance with legislation and Government guidance, and related Church of England guidance, on face coverings.

Please note: Site visits by the DAC Heating, Lighting & Audio-Visual Adviser are not currently being undertaken.

Getting help...

For further information or advice, please contact:

Giles Standing, DAC Secretary
01543 622540 giles.standing@lichfield.anglican.org
or
Imogen Campbell, Assistant DAC Secretary
01543 622569 imogen.campbell@lichfield.anglican.org


Page last updated: 30th August 2020 11:50 AM