Legislation & Policy

It is important to ensure that parishes treat everyone working in, or visiting their buildings, equally and fairly. To assist with this, the Church in Wales has created a set of policies that aim to help and inform parishes of any statutory requirements that they need to comply with. This could include making churches as accessible as possible for people with disabilities, through to safeguarding for those working with children.

Accessibility
It is important that churches, church halls and churchyards are as accessible as possible for people with disabilities. This could be the provision of things like ramps, handrails and toilets for people with physical disabilities, but should also include provision for those with hearing & visual impairments or learning disabilities. It is therefore recommended that parishes undertake an accessibility appraisal or audit to ensure their buildings are as inclusive as possible. The following guides provide information on this subject:
An Access Appraisal of Church Buildings (adapted from Diocese of Chichester)
Getting to Grips with Disability (Diocese of Chichester)
Accessibility & Disabled People (Church of England)

The Equality Act 2010
The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society. This new act brings together previous legislation such as disability discrimination, sex discrimination, race relations, employment equality and equal pay. Click on the following link to find out more:
The Equality Act 2010

Church in Wales’ Policies
If you need advice on any Church in Wales’ policies, or are not sure if the one you are looking for exists, contact the Human Resources department at 02920 348200. See also: Safeguarding and Vulnerable Adults.

Health & Safety Compliance
For information on statutory legislation concerning health & safety in buildings, go to the Health & Safety section.