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Child Friendly Church Award

The Child Friendly Church scheme provides a quality kitemark for parents and others looking for a church which truly welcomes and involves children. 

The award affirms those who minister with children, celebrates children's gifts and potential; and inspires churches to involve children and their families more fully.

Child Friendly Activity at Bedford

Our team of Child Friendly coaches help with training, support and encouragement.

Awards are presented annually at May Assembly.

How do we become 'Child Friendly'?

The first step is to contact the Youth & Children's Office and ask for your self-review pack, which includes a step-by-step guide towards the award. Later, a team will visit to help you on your way. 

The Award scheme has been concluded, and no further visits, Awards or reviews will be made. The self-review materials will be available on request for those who wish to audit their own work.


Child Friendly Church Award logo

Churches gaining the award differ in many ways, but they all:

  • have a current safeguarding certificate;
  • provide child friendly worship;
  • make church spaces welcoming for children;
  • dedicate time and resources to help children grow spiritually.

So far, twenty Awards have been made to Federation churches:

2017 (To be Awarded at the Assembly on 10th June)

  • Blantyre
  • Larkhall


  • Shotts
  • Thundersley


  • Wimbledon, Dundonald Rd


  • Ipswich, Hatfield Rd
  • Oldham, Greenacres
  • Sanquhar


  • Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  • Heathfield, Union
  • South Chingford


  • Inglewhite
  • Market Harborough
  • Newcastle, King St
  • Perth


  • Cheltenham, Highbury
  • Knowle Green
  • Long Itchington
  • Narborough
  • Swansea, Paraclete

The award logo has been adapted for use within the Congregational Federation by kind permission of the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool.