As well as creating positive impact with local communities, community engagement should also do no harm. Below are some key considerations for you to look at before embarking on any community engagement activity. Depending on what your community engagement activity is, you may find that some considerations overlap.
It’s important to make sure that appropriate insurance is in place to cover your work in the community.
If you are involved with managing or leading any sort of community engagement activity, you will need to proactively manage risk in a way that is relevant and proportionate to your activity
When engaging with local communities, you will need to think about whether you’re doing so in an accessible way.
Depending on your background and role at the University, the term ‘ethics’ may mean different things to you.
It’s possible that you may end up managing volunteers when undertaking community engagement activities.
Data protection is a topic that overlaps with risk, ethics, safeguarding, and other key things to bear in mind when undertaking community engagement. However, it is so important that we have given it its own section.