The Child Friendly Church Award scheme was created after the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool carried out a review of its life and work. The resulting report made a keynote recommendation that parishes ‘welcome and integrate children and their families into the worshipping life of their church.’ Their conclusion was that it is desirable that churches advertise to the community that they take the provision for the young seriously. In July 2020 the award was replaced by The Children and Youth Friendly Church Award.
The United Reformed Church’s “Towards a Charter for Children in the Church”, introduced at General Assembly 1990, challenges churches to become fully inclusive in their work with children. Churches inviting children in this way should provide a quality service which should be accountable to the church leadership and meet with certain set criteria. It encourages churches to put children and families on their agendas, to work towards certain targets and obtain a certificate and an award to be displayed as appropriate. This scheme offers a way to measure progress towards that goal.
1. A Child Protection Policy is in place, being implemented, and regularly reviewed.
2. The church buildings offer a safe environment.
3. On-going training and support for leaders is in place.
4. There is provision for children’s and youth nurturing groups (0-18 yrs).
5. There are opportunities for children and young people to be included in child friendly church services.
6. Suitable materials for under 5’s are available in church
7. There are opportunities for the voices of under 18’s to be heard
8. Feedback is obtained from children and young people.
9. There is a vision for Youth and Children’s Work
We are proud to announce that we have this award.