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Coronavirus advice: 
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. This is relevant for Junior Church groups, youth clubs, Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, holiday clubs and the like.
Please read the guidance to discover more. It includes some reflections from some of our children’s, youth and families workers on creative ways of maintaining ministry to these groups.

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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.
  • Version 1.8: 24 September (11:30am) - Yet more changes on both face coverings for youth groups, and on toddler groups, as Government update their guidance.
  • Version 1.9: 16 October (5.15pm) - Comment added that the three-tier Covid-alert system does not much affect this guidance, except possibly for toddler groups. 
  • Version 1.10: 22 October (9:50am) - Addition to introduction of ‘firebreaker restrictions’ in Wales.
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The Government has recently updated their advice regarding coronavirus.
The government has announced that from 4 July 2020, Places of Worship in England will be permitted to open again for services, in addition to being open for private prayer
Guidance from our Legal Team on various legal and regulatory issues that have arisen because of the lockdown
The UK Government published guidance on Protective Measures for Out-of-School Settings on 1 July.
Guidance for churches following the Government announcement that from 4 July 2020, Places of Worship in England will be permitted to open again for services
Guidance including of impact of three tiers of Covid-alert areas.
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