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Policy Guide, Templates & Checklists

Lockdown Policy and Procedures

POLICY TEMPLATE AND PROCEDURES

lockdown front doors ECE centreThe terror incident in Christchurch in March 2019 prompted many ECE services to review their lockdown procedures, leaving us questioning whether we are well-prepared for situations where we may need to go into lockdown. 

Some services in Christchurch found themselves unprepared, particularly regarding communication with whānau. This leads us to question how effective our lockdown procedures would be in the event of a terrorist attack or violent intruder.

There are also a range of other situations that may require a lockdown and it is important to have a clear policy or procedure on when it will be deemed necessary to go into lockdown.

It is important also to regularly review this procedure or policy, or create one if you do not already have one.

Below is a sample Lockdown Policy to check against your policy or assist you in developing your own specific to your service, building and location.

Some services incorporate a separate lockdown procedure, and some incorporate their lockdown procedure into their emergency procedures policy; in either case, some considerations when writing and implementing a lockdown procedure are as follows:

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