The Charter originated from Youthwork, a collaboration of organisations committed to working together to resource and inspire Christian youth work. Alongside Youthwork the conference, the largest annual youth work training event in the UK, they develop other training programmes and courses, publish resources and work together to better engage and equip the church to serve young people.
Working with Youthwork is Amaze, the first professional body for Christian youth and children’s workers in the UK, offering support on practical issues like insurance, driving minibuses, health and safety and recruitment.
The Charter started as an idea in 2007, talking to youth workers about the experience of working in a church. All felt passionate about working with young people and committed to serving the churches who were paying them, but their experiences of being supported were mixed. Often it was simply because churches weren’t aware of some of the pressures and issues the youth workers faced.
Talking and praying together, the idea of a Charter was formed, a set of promises that would both challenge and inspire churches to think about these issues. Our dream is that every church, including those already doing a great deal to support their youth worker, would find the experience of accreditation helpful.
Planning the Charter has taken a year, but the response has been overwhelming. We really do hope the dream that started nearly two years ago now begins to make a difference.