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. We would usually expect anyone applying for Authorisation to work on Children’s, Youth and/or Families ministry for around 10-15 hours plus each week (that includes time in preparation as well as face to face) but this is not a blanket rule - someone serving faithfully as a volunteer every Sunday for an hour leading the crèche has just as much right to seek Authorisation as a paid Families Minister who works 42 hours a week.
If you as as a volunteer or paid worker whose ministry is amongst children, youth or families would like to apply for Authorisation, or if you are a parish/organisation interested in Accredited Status, first you must read this guidance on what it means to be Authorised and Accredited..
2018 Update - We are currently in the process of updating our authorisation scheme for children's, youth and families workers and hope to re-open applications late 2018. In the meantime please contact your Area Youth Advisor or Diocesan Children's & Families Adviser to be first to find out when the scheme re-opens.
For suport with any applications:
Steve Kersys contact for: Children's or Families Workers
Emma Anderton contact for: Youth Workers in the Barking Area
Mark Tiddy contact for: Youth Workers in the Bradwell Area
Dot Salmon contact for: Youth Workers in the Colchester Area
Ann Sharp contact for: Early Years
Background to Authorisation
Bishop Stephen challenges us to serve with accountability and this new Authorisation scheme has been created to help churches and other organisations to become the best that they can be in terms of looking after their children's, youth and families workers, be they employed or volunteers, and to provide a safe environment for the children, young people and families they look after.
Authorisation is therefore a means of ensuring that: parishes and the diocese have a high quality of voluntary and employed children’s, youth and families workers; there is sufficient oversight, management and good practice for voluntary and employed children’s, youth and families workers; most crucially, parishes and the diocese provides the safest and highest quality environments in which children and young people can encounter Jesus.