I'm not sure about this design, bearing in mind that we have roadsigns in our consciousness, and a red border usually mean "danger" or "warning". Circular signs are giving orders.
So I had a rethink.
Signs Giving Orders
Signs with red circles are mostly prohibitive. For example, the "No Cycling" sign may be most commonly encountered by children:
Warning signs are usually triangular with a red border, such as the "Warning - Children Crossing" sign. Here a red border again warns of potential danger to children.
Safe for Children Here: Home Zone
The only "safe environment" sign I can find is this one for "Entry to a Home Zone":
A rectangular sign means "Giving Information".
The logo looks most like this one from a school crossing patrol:
but that is still a "warning take care" sign, rather than a "welcome here" sign.
So surely a "Child-Friendly Church" sign should be on a blue, rectangular background - and with a clear indication what the body was that authorised the scheme (as is done already) to make sure that no one can ever mistake it for a road sign.
Time for a revamp, perhaps? How about this for a first cut attempt? I'd add a Diocesan Coat of Arms in minature somewhere, and use the copyright figures from the existing logo - which I can't use here, of course.
Comments are welcome. What do you think?
(this is a guest post by Matt Wardman, cross-posted from yesterdays Wardman Wire)