What is Martyn’s Law?
Following the Manchester Arena bombing attack in 2017, Martyn’s Law aims at preventing such acts of terrorism. While clearly having good aims, many churches may be nervous or concerned at the burdens that could be placed upon them in order to comply, felt particularly by smaller Churches or those with limited resources.
Now that draft legislation has been published, we have a better understanding of the effect this legislation may have on the activities of churches and other Christian ministries.
The following article drafted has been by a group of solicitors to help us understand what the law could mean for Churches:
What will this mean for Churches (A very brief summary)?
All Churches with a building capacity over 100 will be classified as ‘Standard Duty Premises’ and Churches with a capacity over 800 may fall into other categories if they host events and/or conferences.
Standard Duty Premises will be required by law to give basic anti-terrorism protection training to all relevant workers - such as staff and key volunteers, and complete a Terrorism evaluation every 12 months or sooner if there are significant changes.
How can you prepare?
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