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Children’s and youth ministry is an important part of the Church of Ireland’s mission, which takes place in a variety of settings, including Sunday schools, youth clubs and youth fellowships, uniformed organisations, and special events and programmes for children, teenagers and young adults alike.

The Children’s Ministry Network comprises representatives from each diocese nominated by the Bishop and also representatives from the central Church. It supports grassroots leaders, diocesan representatives and clergy who are engaged in children’s ministry and provides training which is designed and delivered appropriately to meet local requirements.


The Sunday School Society was founded in 1809 and works to promote the work of Sunday schools and Sunday clubs throughout the Church of Ireland, and to organise training for leaders.


The Church of Ireland Youth Department is responsible for the development and co–ordination of youth ministry in the Church of Ireland by equipping the Church in Christian youth ministry and youth work practice, empowering the Church regarding youth work issues and concerns, engaging with volunteers, youth workers and Church leaders, and understanding our context.


The Board of Education defines and promotes the policy of the Church in education, maintains close contact with government and other educational and school authorities, and studies and responds to legislation or proposed legislation which is likely to affect the Church’s educational interests.


Safeguarding Trust is the Church of Ireland’s child protection policy which sets standards for the welfare of all children sharing in its ministry with a view to protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm.


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