Hosting teams from abroad
When churches are hosting teams from abroad the same principles apply.
The receiving church needs to have a partnership agreement with the sending church/agency and there should be clear lines of accountability and communication between the two.
The hosting agency needs to be involved in the planning and preparation for the visit and can help in creating an itinerary that is practical and meets the local needs.
The congregational Safeguarding Coordinator can help the mission team leader decide what needs to go in the code of conduct for team members and in drawing up the risk assessment for the trip.
The host church can be involved in orientation training for the team on their arrival as well as helping with practicalities around transport and accommodation.
Please discuss appropriate criminal records checks with the safeguarding service prior to entering into a hosting arrangement and in sufficient time for checks to be undertaken.