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Authorisation Scheme for Children's, Youth and Families Workers

Authorisation is a special recognition from the Diocese that as an individual volunteer or paid worker that you are on a journey to being the best minister to Children, Youth and/or Families that you can be. It means that you have met and exceeded a baseline of requirements and have pledged to continue your development and go deeper as you service the children, young people and families in your local area.

Authorised Children’s, Youth and Families Workers (paid and voluntary) are commissioned by their parish to a ‘ministry to children, young people or families in the church and wider community’. This also means that the worker is authorised by the Diocese to minister in the Parish within the context of an established job description and working agreement for volunteers or job description and contract for employees. The legal responsibility for the employment relationship rests clearly with the employer (in most cases this is the PCC).

For a number of years Chelmsford Diocese has led the way through our innovative authorisation scheme for children’s, youth and families. The new process seeks to enable more people to become authorised Children’s, Youth and Families workers and to align the process with other authorised ministries in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

In order to be authorised, you will have to be adequately trained. Participating in our youth ministry training package “manna” will allow you to work towards a Bishop’s Certificate in children, youth and family ministry for this purpose. 

Key Documents

If you wish to apply to start the authorisation process please download and read through the following documents:

Support with Applications

For support with any applications, contact a member of the Mustard Seed Team who specialises in your area of ministry.

Key Contacts

For suport with any applications:

Emma Anderton contact for: Children's or Families Workers and Youth Workers in the Barking Area

Dot Salmon contact for: Youth Workers in the Colchester and Bradwell Area

Ann Sharp contact for: Early Years

For more information please contact Emma Anderton
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