The Institute for Youth Work (IYW) is a membership organisation for Youth Workers and those that espouse youth work methodologies and ethics in their work with young people.
Together we can speak up for youth work and advocate for our profession and our professional identity in a context of continued change and challenge, giving you opportunities to represent your passions and concerns at a strategic level.
Our current priorities, as decided by our membership and stakeholders are:
PRIORITY 1: BUILD THE RECOGNITION OF THE BENEFITS AND VALUE OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK
Actively promote the values and ethics of youth work
Challenge those who confuse this with play or early years work
Continuously advocate for youth work, present evidence-based research, publish case studies etc.
Share good news and good practice widely
Make the evidence agenda real for practitioners and support them with this
PRIORITY 2: RAISING PROFESSIONAL YOUTH AND COMMUNITY WORK STANDARDS
Promote educational pathways
Widen access to youth and community work research and journals
Promote networking activities, best practice events and reflective spaces
Continued investigation of the viability and impact of a License to Practice
PRIORITY 3: INCREASE MEMBERSHIP OF AND SUPPORT FOR THE IYW
Develop robust membership communication, engagement and consultation processes
Clarity of our professional development offer
Publish a ‘you said, we did’ report
Assist membership (including the IYW Council) in promoting the IYW at conferences and events
By joining the IYW you will have access to a range of benefits that we intend to grow over time, along with a range of functions served through our website. We are very encouraging of active membership and would be excited to speak with anyone who would like to stand for election to the IYW Council or bring their skills to specific projects that we could support.
As the current Chair of the IYW Council I look forward to working with you to grow the Institute’s voice and influence in order to positively advance our profession long in to the future.