Children's and Youth Development Officers

Got a question about Children’s and Youth Work in your area? Thinking about setting up a Youth Group? Organising a trip for children? Whatever questions or concerns you may have, your Synod Children's and Youth Development Officer (CYDO)* is there to support you.

CLICK HERE to find your CYDO's contact details.

There is normally one CYDO per Synod, who works within the Synod to oversee and support the work of the Synod in relation to children and young people, as well as support local churches in this crucial regard.

CYDOs are involved in some of the following areas of work:

  • Advice and Consultancy – offering information and guidance on work amongst children & young people in local churches, including questions about good practice, advice on suitable resources, thinking about different approaches to children's and youth work, etc.
  • Training – organising and delivering a range of training programmes for all those involved in children's & youth work, including Children’s & Youth Work volunteers, young leaders, safeguarding officers, employed workers, elders and ministers, amongst others.
  • Offering guidance and support on issues of Child Protection and Safeguarding - in local churches and the wider councils of the URC.
  • Events for children & young people in the Synod – encouraging, supporting and enabling people to organise events for children & young people accross the Synod.
  • Child Friendly Church Award – encouraging and enabling churches in their journey through the Child Friendly Church Award process.
  • Promoting the development of Pilots - encouraging, supporting and enabling the development of the Pilots organisation alongside the Regional Pilots Officer and the Children’s & Youth Work Office.
  • Enabling the work of Synod Committees - especially Children's and Youth Work Committees, Youth Executives and equivalents.
  • Employment of workers – helping local churches with the process of employing a children's/youth/family worker (from considering the possibility right through to appointing and supporting the worker).
  • Working on URC Assembly Children's and Youth Work initiatives - with up to 25% of their work time.
  • Working alongside others to promote participation of children & young people at all levels of URC life - local churches, in the Synod and at Assembly level.

Please check with your Synod for more details about the work of your CYDO.

CLICK HERE to find your CYDO's contact details.

or equivalent! Some Synods employ someone who is not a CYDO to take responsibility for items related to Children's and Youth Work. Your Synod Clerk, or the contact mentioned below, can give you more specific details of the work this person does in your Synod and can also help you if your Synod doesn’t have a named Children’s and/or Youth Work professional.