Children's workers and families resources during Coronavirus

The Development Team: Mission & Ministry are working to support churches with their engagement with children, young people and families during this time.

Debbie Hill, Development Officer for Children & Families has collated a number of resources, particularly focussed at those working with Children & Families.

The following sections link to resources you might find helpful. Debbie can also be contacted for more information on [email protected].

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Coronavirus Advice - an update 23 September 2020

Coronavirus has been with us for some time and does not show any sign of abating in the near future. Churches have been seeking effective ways forward with those families they normally come into contact with, including toddler groups, after school clubs and Sunday School groups.

There are a number of organisations and bodies offering Guidance to Churches. The Church of England’s Children and Young People’s Advisers have established a working party which cross references the three main sources of guidance to help those working with Children and Young People.

Key reference points for this guidance are the Government guidelines for places of worship, the Church of England, and the National Youth Agency’s websites. The working group have also considered how other agencies have interpreted the advice (eg: Early Years Alliance). The Advisers have then taken a considered view of what best practice should be in Church of England Churches and produced a document given below, which is regularly reviewed and updated.

The overarching principle must be one of safety for everyone. This latest advice can be found on the Coronavirus page of the Church of England website under the FAQ section entitled "Schools Nurseries and Youth provision" and called - WHAT RESOURCES ARE THERE TO HELP WITH RESUMING CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES WORK?

Please read this document carefully-there is an important distinction to be made between 'must' ie mandatory and 'should' which is advisory for good, safe practice.

There is also guidance for Messy Churches to consider before meeting in person - this document should be used in conjunction with the previously mentioned Church of England document. Returning Safely to Messy Church

Please read the guidance carefully. If you are still unsure what is the correct way forward, please me on [email protected] with your query and I will do my best to advise.

Safer Working Online (materials appropriate for those working with children and families)

Working online is a valuable way of supporting and engaging with young people. However, it is paramount that this is done in a safe and appropriate way. You can access documentation to support your engagement online by clicking the links below.

Bereavement Resources

Support for Mental Health and Staying Safe Online

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) 

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service - Wellbeing Resources. Downloadable pdfs with numerous links to support services.

Faith At Home Resources for Workers

Faith At Home Resources for Parents and Families

Film Clips and Music

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