Employing a worker

Employing a Children’s Worker

Employing a worker can be a fantastic way your church has of realising its vision. An employed worker won't solve all the problems of your children's work, nor will they be a substitute for the regular committed service of volunteers within the church, but they can add shape, direction, inspiration, impetus, creativity, time and energy to the existing ministry of the church.

Here are some points to consider when considering appointing a worker;

Pray
Prayer helps to clarify the vision, unite the church, and help us gain a clearr perspective on what is to be done. Prayer helps us to humbly accept our role in serving God's best interests. Prayer should be a constant feature throughout the appointment process and also through the employment process.

Consider …
  • Why are we looking to appoint a worker?
  • What are you hoping to achieve?
  • What are the needs?
  • What are the opportunities?
  • What are the problems you might encounter?
  • How the role will be financed

Gather
Gather a team to manage the appointment and management of a worker. This could include clergy and lay people, members of the PCC and representatives of the children’s work. Work out the roles and responsibilities of the members of this group.

Research
Collect information, discuss, agree and plan the way ahead. Don’t be afraid of taking your time and plan carefully to get things right. Be certain of your vision and make sure your working and planning fits with your vision. Find out what your PCC would like. Consult with the existing children’s volunteers and with the children themselves. Also consider asking the wider community for their thoughts. Give yourselves plenty of time to get the foundations right and keep all the communication channels open. Communicate fully with the wider church and be prepared to listen and learn as well as speak and teach. Bear in mind that a worker will generate more work.

Finance
Get a realistic view on how much it costs to employ a worker. Salary is only one part of the costs, National Insurance, Pension, expenses and housing may add significantly to your initial thoughts on how much it is likely to cost.

Write
Write a job description, a person specification and a contract. Make sure what you write is clear, specific and realistic so that everyone knows what is expected. Write all the associated paperwork needed such as interview questions, interview grid, etc.

Advertise
Advertise the post using appropriate channels, such as The Month, Diocesan website, Saltshaker emails, Children’s Work magazine etc. take up references, draw up a short list. Remember that all advertisements for positions that involve contact with children must state that an enhanced CRB disclosure is required.

Recruitment and Selection

Shortlist
Always get references for candidates you wish to interview. Have them with you at the interview process so that you have as much information as possible to help you make a balanced and informed decision.

Interview
Follow agreed guidance on interviews and ensure that interviews and subsequent discussions are fair and open.

Appoint
Be fair and open with all applicants. When offering a position make sure the appointee clearly understands the terms and conditions of the offer.

Induction
Have an agreed induction period where you can help the new worker settle in and find their feet.

Management, support & training
Carefully select a management group of local people and professionals, including young people, who will oversee the work and the worker. Make sure you provide good and relevant pastoral care.
Provide clear supervision and develop teamwork based on prayer.
You will find it hard to recruit the superhuman person to solve all the problems of your children’s work. You will be able to find a willing, talented, inspiring worker to work with you as you realise your vision. When you’ve appointed your worker share your vision and give them room to shape it through their own particular gifts and abilities. Ensure the worker has at least one regular complete day off each week and that they work reasonable hours.

 

 



Where can I find help?

Here are some helpful resources for you to consult as you consider employing a worker;


 Amaze
AMAZE is a christian organisation providing professional employment support to children’s and youth workers and their employers. They produce a comprehensive guide to the employment process that will help you avoid the pitfalls and provide a good working environment.

http://www.amaze.org.uk

 

 Benefits on Both Sides DVD
7 studies which are designed to lead you through the process for setting up a Children’s / Youth Project. Complete with workbook. Designed for use by church leadership groups or small working groups who are considering the options for setting up or developing effective children’s projects and considering employing children’s workers as part of the project.

The topics covered are:
  1. Introduction to employing a children’s/youth worker
  2. Setting up the project
  3. Management groups
  4. Recruitment and selection
  5. Induction, supervision, mentoring, appraisal and non-management support
  6. Dealing with conflict
  7. Personal and interpersonal skills
http://benefitsonbothsides.org.uk

 

 Employing Youth and Children's Workers
We strongly recommend you read ‘Employing Youth and Children’s Workers’ (Church House Publishing) which gives good guidance on thinking through the early stages of a project and identifying what you are really looking for. Minimum requirement for planning an employment project is 6 months.

http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/product.asp?id=2394307.

 

 We love our youth worker
‘We love our Youth Worker’ is a campaign based on a set of seven promises for a church to make to their employee. As it develops this scheme hopes to act something like a ‘charter mark’ as evidence to children’s and youth workers that a church is a good employer. For more information go to their website.

http://www.weloveouryouthworker.org.uk/

 
    Mission Opportunities Funding
Chelmsford Diocese is committed to mission and aspires to be a transforming presence in every community. We seek to meet the challenge of living the Good News among and for all the people whom we serve. We have a fund to help us to engage with the wider community.A number of churches has made successful applications for funding to help support empl;oy,emt of children's and family workers. 

To find out more about the fund and how your church can apply, follow the links below.

For more details contact Revd Charlie Kosla on ckosla@chelmsford.anglican.org or 01245 294419