Hey #kidmin audience. I need your feedback and ideas.
In fpKIDS, we have security standards in our kidmin areas to create a secure environment for our kids. Each entrance to a designated kids area has a “Secure Checkpoint” where we post a security volunteer.
They’re role is to ensure that the only people to cross that point are people with:
- a Security Receipt – alphanumeric code identifying their child
- fpKIDS Volunteer Nametag
This is our effort to reduce the traffic in our kidmin spaces to only those individuals who need to be there.
Although the Secure Checkpoint is an addition to other security procedures we have in place to protect kids, it’s a front-line role and has a few challenges that I need help resolving. Most of our parents learn the Security Process and readily comply. They understand the reason why the Secure Checkpoint exists and (though inconvenienced at times) they are willing to do their part for the sake of safety.
Some parents, however, are not as willing to comply. Most of time you can chalk it up to a ‘bad day’. And the added inconvenience of finding that security receipt (or replacing the lost one) is simply too much. But we’ve encountered enough challenges that I think it’s important to bring a level of focus to this area and make the volunteer experience better for our Security Team.
I remember Patty Smith talking about this in a training session she led at the Kidmin Conference. (If you’ve never participated in a training session led by Patty Smith, you’re totally missing out.)
One of the points she made was the value of training EVERYONE involved in the Safety/Security Processes that you establish for your church. For example, if you have a safety policy that requires two adults with kids at all times, then make sure volunteers, kids and parents know that you require two adults with kids at all times.
If everyone knows the standard then you have a greater chance of successfully upholding the standard.
So, applying that truth… how do you communicate Safety Standards to your church?
Do you have a print piece? A video to play periodically in adult services? Is it provided on your website?
How do you ensure parents know the security standards you have in place?