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.

Schools associated with: In order of intake age

Bournemouth Collegiate School
College Road, Southbourne,
Bournemouth, Dorset BH5 2DY
(01202 436550)

Bishop’s Stortford College
10 Maze Green Road, Bishop’s Stortford,
Hertfordshire CM23 2PJ
(01279 838575)

Caterham School
Harestone Valley Road, Caterham,
Surrey CR3 6YA
(01883 343028)

Mill Hill School
The Ridgeway, Mill Hill Village,
London NW7 1QS
(020 8959 1176)

Silcoates School
Wrenthorpe, Wakefield,
West Yorkshire WF2 0PD
(01924 291614)

Taunton School
Staplegrove Road, Taunton,
Somerset TA2 6AD
(01823 703 703)

Walthamstow Hall
Holly Bush Lane, Sevenoaks,
Kent TN13 3UL
(01732 451334)

Eltham College
Grove Park Road, Mottingham,
London SE9 4QF
(020 8857 1455)

of which 86 Tavistock Place is the registered office:

United Reformed Church Trust 
(Registered Charity number 1133373)
URC Trust - Company Number: 135934
Secretary: Ms Sandi Hallam-Jones

United Reformed Church Ministers' Pensions' Trust Ltd
URC Ministers' Pensions' Trust: 2821011
Secretary: Ms Sandi Hallam-Jones

United Reformed Church Retired Ministers Housing Society Ltd
RMHS: 15986R
Interim Secretary: Peter Shearer  

United Reformed Church Trust:

Legal Adviser:
Towns Needham
0161 832 3721;  fax: 0161 835 3792

Mazars LLP
020 8661 1826;  fax: 020 8643 5058

United Reformed Church Ministers' Pensions' Trust Ltd:

Legal Adviser:
Travers Smith LLP
020 7295 3000;  fax: 020 7295 3500

United Reformed Church Retired Ministers' Housing Society Ltd:

Legal Adviser:
Veale Wasbrough Vizards

0121 227 3700;  fax: 0121 227 3777

Council for World Mission (CWM)
The United Reformed Church is a member of the Council for World Mission (CWM) an international organisation through which The United Reformed Church shares in worldwide mission.
General Secretary: The Revd Dr Collin Cowan

Council for World Mission UK
Council for World Mission UK is made up of the European members of CWM where we accompany each other in mission and give expression to mission in our European contexts.
CWM Mission Secretary Europe: The Revd Wayne Hawkins

World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC)
through which it is linked with the member Churches of the Reformed and Congregational families.
General Secretary: The Revd Dr Chris Ferguson

The World Council of Churches (WCC) through which it shares in fellowship
and joint action with Churches throughout the world.
General Secretary: The Revd Olav Fykse Tveit

Conference of European Churches (CEC)
through which it shares in fellowship and joint action in Europe.
General Secretary: Fr Heikki Huttunen’s

Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)
An ecumenical organisation that serves the churches in their commitment to promote the vision of an inclusive community through advocating for an adequate policy for migrants, refugees and minority groups at European and national level.
General Secretary: Ms Doris Peschke

Community of Protestant Churches in Europe
(Leuenberg Church Fellowship) through which the URC links with other Reformed and Methodist churches in Europe.
General Secretary: Bishop Dr Michael Bünker

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
through which it takes counsel and co-operates with other churches in Britain and Ireland.
General Secretary: The Revd Bob Fyffe

Churches Together in England (CTE)
through which it takes counsel and cooperates with other churches in England.
General Secretary: The Revd Dr David Cornick

The Free Churches Group (FCG)
through which it is linked to other Free Churches in England and Wales.
General Secretary: Paul Rochester

Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS)
through which it takes counsel and cooperates with other churches in Scotland.
General Secretary: The Revd Matthew Ross

Churches Together in Wales (CYTUN)
through which it takes counsel and cooperates with other churches in Wales.
Chief Executive: Aled Edwards OBE

The Commission of Covenanted Churches in Wales
through which the United Reformed Church is covenanted to seek visible unity with four other denominations in Wales.