Children’s, youth and families ministry
The UK Government published guidance on Protective Measures for Out-of-School Settings
on 1 July. There is some related Guidance for Parents and Carers of Children Attending Out-of-School Settings
. ‘Out-of-schools settings’ (OOSS) includes extracurricular clubs, uniformed organisations and religious settings offering instruction. We take this to be relevant for Junior Church groups, youth clubs, Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, holiday clubs and the like. However, this applies only in England as in Wales, church building are not yet open for general meetings.
This document includes safeguarding, general guidance and further thoughts and ideas to share with your church.
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Version 1.0: 7 July 2020 (3pm)
Version 1.1: 9 July (2pm). This provides the current guidance on toddler groups.
Version 1.2: 13 August (4:15pm) - Extensive changes to the Introduction to clarify what is possible for under-5s; Additions to General Guidance about children under 5, singing, drama, music and face coverings; Expansion of Messy Church section with ideas for a way of meeting.
Version 1.3: 20 August (3:30pm) - Changes throughout to reflect permission for supervised children’s groups in Wales; Expansion of Toddler Group section to include ideas of how to meet outside.
Version 1.4: 27 August (4:20pm) - Changes to Introduction following confirmation that creche and toddler groups can meet; Changes to General Guidance reflecting confirmation that neither children nor young people have to wear face coverings in organised groups.
Version 1.5: 3 September (12pm) - Removal from General Guidance of requirement for maximum group size to be six when off premises – NYA guidance, signposted by the Government, says group size may be 15 indoors or outdoors. Addition to General Guidance of permission for singing in children’s and youth groups under certain conditions.
Version 1.6: 10 September (4:10pm) - Minor revisions throughout reflecting UK Government’s changes to social interaction guidance so that no more than 6 people from different households may socially interact whether indoors or outdoors. Note that each person should still remain physically distant from anyone from another household.
Version 1.7: 17 September (4:05pm) - Caveat added under General Guidance about face coverings. More detail included about toddler groups.