Training and Support

The team provide a variety of opportunities for training and support which include:

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Working with Children and Young People is a nine-topic course which is designed to give participants a grasp of the various aspects of working with those under 18 in a Christian/church context. It is suitable for those new to role and also to provide an update/refresher for those who have some experience.

Mission Toolkit Training

The Children, Young People and Families Toolkit for mission and discipleship is designed to help parishes be intentional in their planning for mission with children, young people and families. It can help parishes tailor an approach best suited to their context to create pathways to faith for children, young people and their families. The activities are categorised under the 4 headings of engagement, nurture, discipleship and leadership. Details of the Mission Toolkit training sessions


There are lots of resources available to help support children and young people in discipleship and growing in faith. This booklet brings together some of those the team have identified as being useful. It isn’t an exhaustive list, but gives a starting point. We regularly review resources, so please do email us on childrenyouth [at] if there are others you would like to recommend!

Godly Play

Godly Play is a way of exploring Bible stories in a creative, measured and imaginative way. Click here to view our leaflet and view the national Godly Play UK website here. Within the Diocese we have Godly Play Advocates who are able to deliver taster sessions.


For more information about our courses and events, please visit the Diocesan Digital Learning Platform where you can register your interest for potential courses, access resources, and complete some online training.


Good Practice
The Children, Young People and Families Team run regular training on Good Practice across the diocese. To view our upcoming events, click here.

You can also view the Parish Safeguarding Handbook and visit the national Church of England site for template permission forms to support your practice.

The Children, Young People and Families Team are not responsible for dealing with Safeguarding concerns. To get in touch with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, click here.

For those of you who are thinking of recruiting a Children, Young People and/or Families Worker, a document has been produced to help you think through the process of the recruitment. 
Are you ready to employ? - Please use this as an aid as you prepare to create a role.
For more information, please visit the Human Resources page for parishes. 
For further information, please contact childrenyouth [at]

For current vacancies in the Diocese of Leeds, click here.

If you are looking for any funding towards a project, visit the Diocesan Stewardship page for some useful links.

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