Employing Workers

There are an increasing numbers of churches and deaneries who are seeking to employ a full or part time person to work with children, young people and families. Getting things right takes a great deal of time and effort for each church.

We aim to provide help and advice in the following areas:

  • 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.

If you or your church are thinking of employing someone to work with young people, here are some key resources for you:

  1. We Love Our Youthworker - the national charter for church youth workers
  2. AMAZE - the Association of Christian Youth and Children’s Workers. The diocesan office holds a copies of their employment manual and best practice manuals.
  3. Employing Youth & Children’s Worker by Paul Godfrey & Nic Sheppard.  A short and accessible book to guide churches through the whole process of researching, planning and making an appointment.
  4. Employing a Youth Worker/Minister within the Diocese of Portsmouth. Covering all aspects of the employing, supporting and managing a worker.  You can download a pdf version of this document by c licking the link.

If you need any further assistance please contact the Diocesan Youth & Children’s Work Adviser. Please note that the Diocese of Portsmouth does not employ youth or children’s workers centrally for parishes. We aim to provide the best advice possible for PCC’s to be good employers who are, in most cases, the legal body responsible for the recruitment, selection and ongoing management of any worker.