When it comes to supervision, many churches struggle with the concept of reasonable care. Often, two extremes emerge. On the one hand, some church leaders try to establish a policy for every situation. This rarely works. Plus, the worst position for a church to be in is to have a policy and not enforce it. On the other hand, some church leaders do nothing. They leave supervision to the discretion of each individual worker, sometimes with catastrophic results.
A better solution is to understand some basic principles of risk. Not all activities bear the same level of risk. As a result, the level of supervision should correspond to the level of risk. General supervision is appropriate for low risk activities where the potential for a serious accident or injury is low. As risk increases, however, the supervision should become more specific.
For example, while general supervision is appropriate for monitoring children eating a meal, specific supervision is needed for children cooking a meal. By training ministry leaders and workers to understand the principles of risk, they'll be equipped to make decisions as situations warrant.