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

The National Youth Agency* confirm that from Step 3 the Readiness Level is YELLOW.

In summary, subject to action plans and risk assessments:

  • Youth provision for under 18’s (and those who have only turned 18 post 31st August 2020) may meet indoors or outdoors without limitations on group size but with regard to how to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Youth provision for over 18’s may meet indoors or outdoors in ‘Support Groups’ for vulnerable young people in groups of up to 30 (plus staff, volunteers, and carers). Indoor provision when not part of a support group (detached or adhoc delivery) must comply with the rule of six (including workers/volunteers). Support groups must be by invitation only.
  • Online/digital, detached/outdoor and 1-2-1 youth sector provision will remain available to all young people.
  • Trips and visits are be permitted and should remain local and should be completed the same day complying with all Covid measures.
  • From 21st June – Overnight and residential experiences are permitted following strict requirements for groups of up to 30 young people (who were under the age of 18 on 31 August 2020) plus carers and workers. Residentials for youth groups involving over 18’s are permitted for a maximum group of 6 (including staff/carers).

*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.

For advice from the Diocese on Parent and Toddler groups please contact for the latest.

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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