In 2014 the Federal Office for Social Security (BSV) cancelled the support of more than a dozen Christian youth associations. These organisations haven taken action and have published a “Charta for Christian children and youth work” (CcKJ), which clearly explains what the aims and methods are of their youth work. Zurich, 28.6.2016 (ab/th) – The Federal Office for Social Security’s (BSV) decision to cut the finances of Christian youth associations is taking its toll on those organisations. They are missing out on 670’000 Swiss francs per year. BSV have ruled that many Christian unions focus too heavily on furthering belief and spiritual growth of their youth. They find that this does not correspond to the new Law of child- and youth-welfare. This law states that young people are to be motivated in their personal development in a holistic way, without an ulterior motive. The Federal Administrative Court did not support the Christian associations either. All complaints from youth unions have been rejected up until now. A Charta for transparency The Youth Associations in question feel misunderstood by this assessment. Together with the Swiss Evangelical Youth Alliance, which is a network under the Swiss Evangelical Alliance (SEA), the unions concerned have developed a “Charta for Christian children and youth work” (CcKJ). This document defines the aims of their youth work and the methods that they use in a clear and transparent manner. Holistic personal development of young people Christian youth work aims to develop the whole person– this is the central statement of the Charta. It is a conviction motivated by the Christian faith and is in no way to curry favour with the Law of child- and youth-welfare. Because Christian youth work is focused on the entire individual it encourages the development of the personality, strengthens social skills and gives children and young people an awareness of being respectful towards the natural environment. For the youth associations, they believe that a holistic development of the personality includes discussions on the Christian faith. The search for the meaning in life and faith are known to be a basic need of children and youth. Furthermore, the Charta reaffirms the signatories’ respect and appreciation of rule of law and pluralism and comments on controversial topics like freedom of religion and expression, transparency, prevention or participation. Open source The Charta was publicly published on 19th May 2016. It is now available on www.cckj.ch in German and French to all children and youth organisations in Switzerland for them to undersign. The compliance with its contents is their own responsibility. Any youth-work group that aims to encourage a holistic development of the individual may participate free of charge and will then be able to use the CcKJ label as a trustworthy label for their realistic, respectful and Christian work with children and youth. For more information, please contact: Andi Bachmann-Roth, Leader of the Swiss Evangelical Youth www.cckj.ch  Youth Associations participating in the devlopment of the Charta: Adonia, Bibellesebund; Bund Evangelischer Schweizer Jungscharen (BESJ); Fabricants de Joie; Jugendfachstelle Takano der Evangelisch-meth. Kirche (EMK); Youth with a Mission Wiler (JMEM – YWAM); Réseau évangélique suisse (RES); Ligue pour la lecture de la bible; youthnet SPM (Kinder- und Jugendarbeitsverband der Schweiz. Pfingstmission).