Children and Youth

Welcome to the Children's and Youth Work pages!

Church House and Synod level Children's and Youth Work staff (CYDOs and their equivalents) are working from home and doing all they can to support you during this challenging time. Please don't hesitate to contact them, preferably by email.

COVID-19 – Government Lines on Out-of-school settings
Out-of-school settings, like other parts of the sector, should be following Government’s new rules on “Staying at Home and Away from Others” (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others); and encouraging others, such as parents with children that would usually attend their settings, to do the same.
In line with the new rules, every citizen should be staying at home, except for one of four reasons:
• Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
• One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your household
• Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
• Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
The Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people, except where the gathering is a group of people who live together; or where the gathering is essential for work purposes.
In addition to this, the Government has also instructed the closure of a number of businesses and venues, including but not limited to: libraries, community centres, and youth centres; indoor and outdoor leisure facilities; and places of worship (except for funerals attended by immediate families).
The implications of this latest advice is that, with the exception of key workers and those with vulnerable children, parents should be keeping their children at home, to limit the spread of the virus; and should not be sending their children to out-of-school settings – where this would fall foul of the new rules. Anyone found to be failing to comply with the new rules could be fined.
Out-of-school settings may also wish to bring the following guidance to the attention of their children’s parents and carers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers, on what the school closures mean for them.
In addition to the above, out-of-school settings should also, where applicable, follow Government guidance for employees, employers and businesses on coronavirus (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19) – which provides advice for employees, employers and businesses on how to prevent the spread of the virus, alongside details of the Government support available to businesses.   March 25 2020 

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Children and young people are 'equal partners...in the life of the Church' (URC Charter for Children in the Church), at every level.

The United Reformed Church welcomes families, children, young people and young adults and the Children's and Youth Work team are here to help build an intergenerational church where everyone belongs, is valued and has a voice. We exist to accompany children and young people/adults on their journey with Christ. 

Why not explore our pages and see what we have to offer, whether you are a child or young person, parent or carer, volunteer or employed church worker, or just someone who wants to encourage and pray for children, young people, young adults and families. 

Our team consists of Sam (Head of Children's and Youth Work), Lorraine (Programme Officer), Steve (Pilots Coordinator), Heather (PA) and Triin (Admin assistant) and we are always only too pleased to help. If you have any further questions or need any information, please click here to contact our friendly office staff

  • We produce a bi-monthly newsletter  from the Children's and Youth Work team which you can read here or you can sign up to have it sent to you regularly by email  here.
  • At some points in the year we have a supplement to our newsletter - a training digest or book reviews etc.