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Children and Youth Ministry Support in the Diocese of London

The Diocese of London employs a team of people whose role is to support those working with children and youth within our church communities.

We provide direct support and guidance, create online resources and develop partnerships with ministry specialists to help churches reach their full potential in engaging children and young people.

If you are interested in developing children or youth work in your church, have a look around the webpages here, then talk to your vicar or safeguarding lead, or email the children and youth support team at youth@nulllondon.anglican.org or children@nulllondon.anglican.org.

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We offer help and advice to support the church in engaging young people, through Capital Youth and our partnerships with specialists.
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COVID-19 response support

In our aim to support those working with children and youth, we’ve been curating resources and guidance that will be helpful and practical for those adapting their regular activities. This page is your go-to source for key information specific to working with children, youth and families.

Guidance for working with children, youth and families

Last update: 17 May

We advise you refer to the National Youth Agency’s guidance for timelines on restarting in-person activities – these are helpful guidelines for staying within legal and appropriate restrictions on work with children and young people. For working with 0-4s, read the Early Years Alliance guidelines.

We recognise these permitted activities may cause tension for those being pressured to book early onto summer events in order to reserve a place. If you need help thinking through this, please feel free to reach out to us.

For any support or questions around working with children and youth, feel free to email our team at youth@nulllondon.anglican.org and we’ll respond within 72 working hours.

Summary of permitted activites at level YELLOW:

  • Unlimited group size for work with under 18’s only (who were under the age of 18 on 31 August 2020)
  • Rule of six applies to over-18’s unless attending a support group
  • Support groups can be run with up to 30 inside, plus leaders for “vulnerable” young people
  • Day trips are permitted – follow destination venue guidance
  • Residential trips may also take place in groups of 30 (plus leaders) but guidance is very restricted – Please talk to us if you’re planning to do this
  • Social distancing, wearing of masks for over 11’s and general hygiene measures remain in all cases
  • Next guidance change 19th July – confirmed 1 week in advance
  • International travel is still prohibited.

Do not book in-person events this summer until government dates are confirmed 1 week in advance of all roadmap milestones.

For work with people aged 4-18, read the full guidelines on the National Youth Agency website.

For working with 0-4s, read the Early Years Alliance guidelines.

Summary of permitted activites at level GREEN:

  • ALL OF STEP 3 permitted.
  • Group sizes may be still required and will be confirmed by NYA
  • International travel permitted. Remember we don’t yet know if will have to quarantine on return. If this is still in place, won’t permit travel with young people due to safeguarding implications.

Do not book in-person events this summer until government dates are confirmed 1 week in advance of all roadmap milestones.

Read the full guidelines on the National Youth Agency website

Key information

  • Residentials (including camping) and international travel are prohibited
  • Parents/Carers are responsible for confirming the criteria is met for attending support groups
  • Travel is permitted to access support groups
  • Support groups for young people indoors includes:
    1. Vulnerable children and young people.
    2. Other children or young people, where provision is:

a) reasonably necessary to enable parents/carers to work, search for work, undertake education or training, attend medical appointments or a support group.
b) targeted one-to-one session or group to provide support and assistance for a specific issue.
c) Being used by electively home educating parents as part of their arrangements for their child to receive a suitable full-time education.
d) For the purposes of obtaining a regulated qualification, meeting the entry requirements for an education institution, or to undertake exams and assessment.

  • Leaders and workers not included in the support group number (e.g. 15 young people, plus staff)
  • Providers can allow more than one bubble at a time in their venue. Other staff members can be on-site for work purposes (e.g. in an office, cleaning etc.).  Consider  separate entrances and access to toilet facilities
  • Youth sector providers can offer back to back sessions (subject to venue cleansing in between) with same members of staff or leaders and across multiple days of the week
  • Community/public venues can be opened and used for purposes of providing support group activities. Private dwellings including gardens must not be used in any circumstances.  Vicarage gardens are classed as private dwellings.  Home visits to young people are prohibited
  • Youthwork within schools – group sizes are class or year bubbles. You will need permission from the school to operate and must be fully compliant with school guidance

Follow Covid secure guidelines:

  • Have an action plan in place (roles and responsibilities)
  • Update risk assessments at every step with CYP, parents & team
  • Outdoor activities in public spaces – think through how to manage hygiene, risks, groups sizes
  • Groups/Bubbles should be manageable (and age appropriate)
  • Hygiene should be robust – handwashing etc. No shared equipment – must clean in between
  • Venue is clean and kept clean (e.g. door handles)
  • Face coverings indoors and outdoors if within 2 metres
  • Social distancing – aim to stay 1m+
  • NHS test and trace information gathered

Key messages:

  • Wash hands
  • Cover face: Everyone 11-years-plus should use a face covering indoors. This includes leaders. Can be removed when eating/drinking or in team sports. Need to choose your activities appropriately.
  • Make space: Maintain social distancing of 2m where possible.
  • Ventilate: Outdoor work is preferable if can be done safely.

Online meetups

We started gathering anyone working with children and youth online in March 2020, to provide community, encouragement and a platform for exchanging ideas to those feeling isolated in their roles. To receive updates on these, subscribe to our email list and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. You can watch most of our livestreams over on our Facebook page, including previous sessions.

The Morning Meetup

Every Tues, 11:30-12:30

Join the Children and Youth Support team each week for an informal catch-up each week to share what we’re learning and exchange ideas. Bring a snack and beverage of choice!

Join us on Zoom via the button below – this session won’t be livestreamed to Facebook.

Intercession for children and youth

Wednesdays 12:00-12:25

Join us and the team behind With (All Hallows Ditchingham) as we pray every week for children and young people. There will be a simple liturgy, with space for silence and personal prayer.

The Learning Hub

We’ve launched a new online space for learning, where anyone can sign up and develop key skills required for children and youth ministry.

We’re starting out with our fundamental training course, Academy Basics – in two versions focused on children or youth ministry.

If you’re a paid worker, you could do one of these courses as a team with volunteers, gather every week or so and review what you’ve all learned. It can be a wonderful way of team building, as well as acquiring new skills and developing your church’s ministry together. The New Year is a great time to think about new skills.

But it’s not only these two courses! We have a lot more in the pipeline, particularly for paid workers and experienced volunteers: on building a vision, working in schools, recruiting volunteers, faith development and reflective practice. There will also be practical modules on how to use craft, the value of games, leading space for prayer and discussions. On top of this, we’ll be adding extra features.

Academy Basics Youth Edition logo

Resources for working with children, youth and families

Whilst our team’s remit doesn’t involve producing curriculum resources, we spend a lot of time curating and signposting resources we find across the internet, and develop our own when there is a particular focus or objective. Below you’ll find a mix of these – be sure to check out our ‘database’ for a growing library of stuff we approve of!

Safeguarding guidance for working online

Safeguarding guidance during the COVID-19 crisis remains the same.

Follow the Diocesan Safeguarding Guidelines and talk to your vicar or safeguarding lead if in any doubt. Any concerns raised in parishes should be brought to the attention of the Church Safeguarding Officer, who can seek advice from the DST. Other areas of the Diocese (e.g. chaplaincies) should contact the DST directly.

For guidance around online video conferencing with young people, see this guide from the Diocese of Worcester.

Safeguarding concerns can be raised by phone or by email.

  • Concerns raised via email should be sent to our Safeguarding Inbox in the first instance: safeguarding@nulllondon.anglican.org.
  • Alternatively, to speak to a member of the DST, please call our Safeguarding Helpline on 020 7932 1224.

Amplify is an evangelism mentoring scheme for 11-17-year-olds who are actively living out what it looks like to share their faith; confidently speaking with peers, inviting friends to church, setting up Christian Unions and generally taking any opportunity to share Jesus. Applicants must be put forward by a youth pastor or church leader, having identified in the applicant a gifting and a desire to share their faith

Amplify aims to deeply invest in these young people – helping them to develop a greater understanding of the gospel as well as confidence in sharing their faith. We’ll then offer opportunities for evangelism in a variety of settings – offering accessible models of what it means to share faith in this contemporary youth culture.

Amplify will seek to journey with 60-100 hand-picked young people aged 11-17 for each 8-month long programme, from many different churches and denominations right across the UK (no more than two young people per any one church). The programme begins in September 2021.

More information can be found on the web page please follow this link www.amplifyacademy.co.uk

Resources database for children & youth ministry

We are compiling an online database of resources for working with children, youth and families, to save a bit of time on the discovery process! We’ve added a column to flag resources you can use or adapt remotely. Below you can filter and sort the resources we’ve added, and if you think any are missing, submit one here.

Online activities for young people, children and families

Various churches have developed online alternatives to their normal children and youth activities, which may be appropriate for people from other churches to join in with. If you are looking for great online activities to point young people to, HTB Youth, Virtual Sunday School and Worship for Everyone have been consistently producing live and recorded content.

If you’re making things specifically for children and/or youth, email us!

Online content for youth

Online content for children/families

Games to play online

  • The Methodist Church published this handy little PDF with lots of ideas for games you can play on Zoom
  • If you have a small number, Jackbox Games have some good games. You buy packs, then each player uses their phone to play. Make sure you select “family friendly” in the settings, as some games have some adult material.
  • If you want to hop aboard the hype train, Among Us is a free-to-play game on mobile (or £4 on PC) that young people generally love playing at the moment. It’s like a murder mystery, but you control the characters in a game (check with parents if you’re unsure about suitability).

Ideas for activities to enjoy together

  • Go on a virtual museum tour whilst on a video call
  • Have a group Netflix film night (everyone needs a subscription)
  • Have a “3,2,1, play” YouTube watch party on a video call
  • Record a video together to share with your church
  • Write a song together
  • Have a poetry slam contest

Resources on diversity, racism and racial injustice

This is a small collection of resources to get you started on having informed conversations around the topics of race, diversity, and justice. This is by no means exhaustive, so if you would like to recommend something for those specifically working with children and youth, let us know at youth@nulllondon.anglican.org.


Books for children and young people

Books for adults


Extensive curations of resources

Websites and social media channels

A letter to children from Bishop Sarah

It is our joy to share this letter to children from the Bishop of London. Please circulate to parents and carers in your communities and encourage them to send their names in for prayer.

Supporting children and youth through grief

No two people grieve in the same way. In this time where support for children and youth is increasingly important during a loss of loved ones, those who work or volunteer with them should feel confident and knowledgeable on how they can help.

The Diocese of London’s Children and Youth Support ran this online workshop to cover the key areas of supporting people through grief. The session used additional breakout groups throughout to create a more comfortable environment for sharing from experience. These were not recorded but are noted so you can reflect for yourself.

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