The more reserved, sensitive nature of the English Setter means this is a dog better suited to families with older children, who enjoy long walks no matter what the weather. When young, the English Setter (particularly males) can be quite boisterous in play and unaware of their size, making them a risk to very small children and sometimes clumsy around very small dogs.
Although patient and tolerant to a degree, the English Setter would prefer a quieter, more mature home.
While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children, all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.