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A 16-Point Evaluation for Assumption of Risk Forms

Consider these key points in evaluating the validity of a release or assumption of risk form.

A 16-Point Evaluation for Assumption of Risk Forms
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Many churches nationwide use some version of waiv­ers and release forms with their events and activities, especially ones involving children and youth. Leaders wish to notify partici­pants—or the parents or guardians of par­ticipants—about the potential risks involved.

They want a signature signaling the par­ticipant or parent acknowledges those risks and will not attempt to hold the church legally liable should one of those risks some­how result in an injury either to themselves or their children.

While waivers and release forms are an import­ant part of a church’s risk management strategy, they aren’t perfect. They can help limit a church’s legal liability but often, they cannot fully elimi­nate it.

Unfortunately, many church leaders get lulled into a false sense of security about these documents, and these misun­derstandings can ...

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  • June 29, 2016

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