Children, youth & families

Our Children, Youth and Families Team works to advise, resource, train and equip people who work with children, youth and families in church, at school or at home.

Our Children, Youth & Families e-newsletter contains a snapshot of news, events and resources for those working with children, youth and families.  It’s free to sign up and to make sure you don’t miss the latest information everyone with an active role in their church should subscribe.

COVID-19 Guidelines

From Monday 29 March 2021 the National Youth Agency confirm that the youth sector moves into  step 1B on the Roadmap, moving to AMBER in the readiness framework. **

Subject to risk assessment:

  • Open access and drop in services can resume for outdoor only activities for ALL young people. Group sizes are unrestricted although organisations should be cautious to ensure suitable safeguarding, supervision ratios and social distancing is in place.
  • 1-2-1 sessions with vulnerable young people (indoors)
  • Support groups indoors and outdoors are permitted for vulnerable young people, max 15 per group + workers/leaders
  • Additionally, online/digital, detached/outdoor youth activities and 1-2-1 support is permitted for all young people. Trips and visits are permitted for all young people. Although, residential, camping and overnight stays are prohibited. Travel should be kept to a minimum at all times.
  • Baby and Toddler groups of up to 15 adults (not including children under 5 and leaders) are currently permitted outside only. Support groups who are unable to operate by any other means can meet. 

**Full National Youth Agency information is available in the NYA current guidance document. In particular it highlights differences between working with over 18 year olds and under 18 year olds.

The Church of England has published a list of ‘Permitted Activities’ which includes their advice on children and youth work as well as other activities.

If you are doing Sports Ministry or include sport in your youth work then read the latest government advice for grassroots sport

The latest Church of England updates can be found here.

Featured Ideas:

School & Church Working Together

There are a range of projects and resources which can help churches support schools as they support young people exploring faith.

School resources for Lent

A list of resources that you can adapt to your school’s context as you journey through the season of Lent together

Faith at Home with Kids & Youth

Resources to encourage and enable conversations about faith with your children at home.

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