Core Skills is a series of standalone sessions which look at the basic skills required for working with children in a faith context

No previous experience of children’s work is needed and the course is suitable for anyone working with children in the church.

Core Skills for Children’s Workers

Core Skills is an interdenominational modular scheme and offers foundational training for all those involved with church-based children’s ministry. It addresses the key areas of expertise set-out by the DFES in the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce. Volunteers and staff can choose to do the full course or dip in and out for the sessions in which they’d like to brush up their skills. No previous experience of children’s work is required and the course/sessions are suitable for anyone who is involved, or thinking about becoming involved, with children through the church – Junior Church staff, uniformed organization staff, Pilots officers, Children and Youth Elders, etc.

The six stand-alone sessions, led by Leo Roberts, are:

  • Child development
  • Working as a team
  • Programme planning
  • Children and community
  • Pastoral awareness
  • The Bible and prayer

All sessions are free of charge and, as is the habit in the North Western Synod, open to children’s workers of any denomination.

If you would be interested in hosting a course, please contact Leo.

Leo also runs issue-based sessions looking at:

  • Coping with transitions
  • Integrating children with special needs
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Considering global concerns
  • Mentoring young leaders
  • Advocacy

Each session lasts 2 hours and is free of charge.

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