- Children & youth
- Employing a Youth Worker
We expect a high standard of employment practice from parishes in the diocese. This creates a supportive and more effective working environment for those involved in ministry and reduces the potential problems that can arise. This is an expression of the value the church gives to those who minister and also those they minister to.
Please contact Jon or Nigel to discuss your ideas whatever stage you are at. We can help you to think through exactly what it is that you are looking for and what is the best way to achieve this, as well as some of the issues you will have to address.
We generally recommend these good sources of information:
Employing Youth and Children's Workers
This short and accessible guide helps churches through the whole process of researching, planning and making an appointment. It helps churches to avoid common mistakes which can lead to later problems. It also considers how volunteers might be best used and supported.
The guide includes:
- Preparation: research, planning, resourcing the work, thinking through what you want a worker to do.
- Appointment procedures: job descriptions and contracts, the recruitment and selection process.
- Management issues: good management practice, induction and further development.
- Further sources of help and advice.
The Children's Society have also produced a helpful guide which can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/I1hU8s
Amaze and 'We love our Youth Worker' have both stopped trading, although we have some good resource material available from them that is still relevant and useful to refer to in preparation.
There are many documents available to help churches to think through the maze of employment including the legislative process. PLEASE contact Nigel or Jon if you are thinking about employing a youth worker, because it's not as simple as you might think it is, and there are many issues to think about before you get to the point of employing someone. Our own 'Employing a Youth Worker' paper is no longer available as it needs to be completely re-written. In the meantime we recommend you start with the book mentioned above.
A couple of documents that may help (though keep in mind some of the details are now out of date) from other dioceses and organisations can be found here:
Just Employment A guide to Employing Staff in Faith-based Projects http://goo.gl/7ljFUC
Employing a Youth Worker/Minister (Diocese of Portsmouth) http://goo.gl/dIC3mT
We also want to support anyone who is employed to work with children or young people.
Please do get in touch with us and let us know what you might find helpful.