Evangelical Alliance concerned about potential government register for church activities for children

May 24, 2019 by

by Cara Bentley, Premier:

The Evangelical Alliance (EA) says it fears church activities for children could soon fall under the regulation of government.

The Department for Education recently launched a consultation called ‘Children not in school‘ which seeks to gain public opinion on how to keep track of children who aren’t attending mainstream school during normal school hours.

The government wants to start a register, maintained by local authorities, of children not in school and also of ‘proprietors of certain education settings’.

It is proposing that there should be a duty on local authorities to check where local children are, and on parents in providing this information. The same could also apply to those who provide other ‘education settings’, which some Christians fear could include churches.

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