Working with children and young people with special or additional needs

An essential seminar for all parents, teachers, church leaders, youth and children’s leaders, and anyone who cares about children and young people with special or additional needs.


Most children’s and youth workers want to include kids of all abilities and needs in what they do, but many struggle to make this a reality. There are many different kinds of special or additional need, and each one, each child, can present different challenges (and opportunities!)
It is hard for children’s and youth workers to navigate the right path through this sometimes difficult and complex area; being caring, inclusive and supportive to each child (and their families), while not losing focus on the needs of the rest of the group.
This is an area that is confusing and challenging to many of us who are responsible for looking after children and young people who have special or additional needs. How can parents, churches and children’s/youth workers not only understand more about the children we are working with, but also change the way we work with them so to be more inclusive? 


In this seminar we will: 

Explore some of the statistics and explode some of the myths surrounding working with kids with special needs. 

Look at some of the key strategies that you can use to make what you offer more inclusive. 

Identify some of the amazing benefits that inclusion can bring to your whole group. 

We’ll also highlight some further resources that you can use as you work though this with your teams. 

The programme is presented in two halves, each lasting around 40 minutes, with a 20 minute interval in between and a Q&A session afterwards. This will include an opportunity to hear about how Urban Saints can serve churches in its work with children and young people, plus the chance to look at various resources during the interval.


Presented by Mark Arnold, who is the Additional Needs Ministry Director at youth and children’s missionary movement Urban Saints (formerly known as Crusaders). 
Mark has over 20 years of youth work experience and is the father of James, a boy with Autism.



“I learned a lot about how to help SEN children in a group. I feel I understand SEN children more and feel encouraged. I would like to work with SEN children in a school environment. It was a very well spent evening – THANK YOU.”

“Outline of special needs issues, suggestions of coping strategies, video examples, finding out about existence of IEP’s were all helpful. Very good presentations/sessions.” 

“Practical advice on helping with specific problems – and very clear explanations of the issues. I’m going to see about a ‘picture timetable’ for our Urban Saints group and holiday club, and look for ear defenders that fit children and look cool!”


Date: Saturday 8th February 2020
Time: 10:00am to 13:00pm
Venue: London (venue to be confirmed)

For further details, please contact:
Katie O’Connor, email katie.o’

Find out more about Urban Saints' work to support those with Additional Needs