Covid-19 – You will be able to find resources to help you and young people keep calm, stay connected and be safe. Each section has downloadable resources and links to other useful sites to support youth workers or use with young people. http://www.youthworksupport.co.uk

Welcome to the Institute for Youth Work

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.

By joining the IYW you are adding your voice to several hundred others’ who all have the interest of improving the lives of young people through the phenomenal discipline that is youth work.

As a member, you will have full access to the growing range of benefits accessible through our website and be offered opportunities to contribute to strategic discussions happening in the youth work sector, with the UK Government, the Commonwealth and the wider world.  Active membership is encouraged so please do consider standing for election to the IYW Council, announced in the build-up to our AGM and annual conference.

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 into the future.

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
Latest IYW News

The Youth Work Curriculum – A lifeline for Youth Work

A perspective piece by IYW Council Member Esther Horner-Aird Last week the sector received a huge boost with the publication of the Youth Work Curriculum, spearheaded by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and brought together by Lead Associate Liz Harding. The document,...

Young People, the pandemic and jobs – “optimism needed”

As millions of Young People return to schools, colleges and universities the concerns about a second wave of the global Covid-19 pandemic gather speed, and with it further limitations on our liberties to fight the virus. It feels like the A-levels and B-TEC fiascos...

Youth work: Coronavirus & Technology

I send this blog from home, like many of you I am working remotely and only going into the office on my allocated day.  While working remotely is not new, it is the essence of detached work.  The doing every meeting via a screen and the absence of a warm...

Youth Work: An Essential Service?

Across the country many of us are now planning how we gradually start to re-open youth provision for our young people. I can’t say we will be getting back to ‘business as usual’ as COVID-19 will be around for some time, and the impact of the virus on young people and...

Welcome to Ruth Richardson – IYW Development Officer

In November 2019 we set our to recruit our first paid member of staff to the IYW and we are able to announce now that Ruth Richardson was successful in being recruited to the position of Development Officer at the IYW. Hi, I am Ruth Richardson and I am the Development...
Latest Policy & Youth Sector News

Growing up Black: Being a young, Black woman in Britain – Part two

Growing up Black: Being a young, Black woman in Britain – Part two In this series of blogs, published over three weeks, Jasmine reflects on a number of prominent social, economic and identity barriers young, Black women face every day. Drawing on the knowledge shared by the panellists at our #YoungAndBlack: Black Female Identity within […]

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UK Youth’s CEO joins cross-sector leaders to publish urgent recommendations for tackling the financial vulnerability that millions now face due to the Covid-19 pandemic

UK Youth’s CEO joins cross-sector leaders to publish urgent recommendations for tackling the financial vulnerability that millions now face due to the Covid-19 pandemic Today an independent group of cross-sector leaders have published key recommendations to address the urgent financial wellbeing implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. In January, the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) brought together 145 of the most experienced […]

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Growing up Black: Being a young, Black woman in Britain – Part one

Growing up Black: Being a young, Black woman in Britain – Part one In this series of blogs, published over three weeks, Jasmine reflects on a number of prominent social, economic and identity barriers facing young, Black women every day. Drawing on knowledge shared by the panellists at our #YoungAndBlack: Black Female Identity within the […]

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Recommendations for the UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing to support young people

Recommendations for the UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing to support young people Today an independent group of cross-sector leaders have published recommendations to address the urgent financial wellbeing implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Eleven Challenge Groups were established in 2020 with a common goal to better the financial futures of people in the UK. Ndidi Okezie, UK […]

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Growing up Black: Being a young, Black woman in Britain

Growing up Black: Being a young, Black woman in Britain In this series of blogs, published over three weeks, Jasmine reflects on a number of prominent social, economic and identity barriers young, Black women in the face every day. Drawing on knowledge shared by the panellists at our #YoungAndBlack: Black Female Identity within the UK […]

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