Altar Servers or Other Activities for Young People
Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be; to pass on to them lasting values that make life worth living; to give them a transcendent horizon for their thirst for authentic happiness and their creativity for the good; to give them the legacy of a world worthy of human life; and to awaken in them their greatest potential as builders of their own destiny, sharing responsibility for the future of everyone. If we can do all this, we anticipate today the future that enters the world through the window of the young.
Pope Francis (2014)
To build a safe and solid environment for children, each Church authority must strive to be child-centred in their practice and behaviour. In practical terms, this will include clear written procedures…….
Guidance Document Standard 1.4A
Guidelines for Ensuring the Safe Care of Children in all Activities can be found here.
Attendance registers must be used for all activities involving persons under 18 years. These registers should be stored in the Parish Filing system at the end of each year.
Trips Away with Children/Young People
Trips away that involve children/young people can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience for adults and children/young people involved in them. However, to do this safely and in a way that safeguards all concerned requires careful planning and consideration. When planning trips away follow the guidelines on page 20 of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook