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

IYW Statement on Spending Round announcement – September 2019

Sajid Javid visiting an Onside Youth Zone in May 2019 The IYW welcomes the Government’s announcement in this year’s Spending Round, notionally investing in young people and Youth & Community work.  Truly, it is heartening that the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, is...

Parliamentary debate on ‘The Role and Sufficiency of Youth Services’

On the 24th July 2019, the Government held a debate in the House of Commons responding to the publication of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs enquiry into Youth Work.  The debate included confirmation of a £500k training bursary intended to...

Impact versus youth work – Making the impossible work for us

Leading a youth work organisation over the past eight years has been both exciting and exhausting, but always it has remained our biggest accomplishment to date. During a period where nationally youth work has seen decimation to the sector beyond all fears, Kinetic...

The DCMS are reviewing the statutory guidance for Local Authorities on Youth Service provision (as it relates to England)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (and current home to Youth Work in Government) has launched a review of the guidance for local authorities of the thin piece of statute related to the provision of Youth Services as set out in Section 507b...

New Civil Society Minister takes up the brief for Youth (Work)

At the end of July the incoming Prime Minster appointed a ne Cabinet which saw Baroness Diana Barran, a Conservative Life Peer, charity campaigner and former hedge fund manager take over from Mims Davies MP as the holder of the Youth brief as it sits within the DCMS....
Latest Policy & Youth Sector News

Minister ‘committed’ to review of youth work guidance despite delay

Minister ‘committed’ to review of youth work guidance despite delay Speaking to CYP Now, Baroness Diana Barran said her office was “keen to get going” with the public call – which was due to take place over eight weeks from late July, but has been delayed by the Department… September 13, 20195:17 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007128/minister-committed-to-review-of-youth-work-guidance-despite-delay

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Media ‘whipping up hatred’ of transgender children, youth sector warns

Media ‘whipping up hatred’ of transgender children, youth sector warns An open letter published by youth charity Woodcraft Folk, and signed by six other organisations, including the British Youth Council, UK Youth, and the National Youth Agency, states that national media… September 13, 20191:48 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007127/media-whipping-up-hatred-of-transgender-children-youth-sector-warns

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NCS Trust chief Michael Lynas to step down

NCS Trust chief Michael Lynas to step down Lynas helped to establish NCS Trust in 2009 and since then organisation has put nearly 600,000 young people through the programme, according to the trust. During his tenure, he secured NCS’s long-term… September 12, 20191:32 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007125/ncs-trust-chief-michael-lynas-to-step-down

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Government announces details of £580,000 bursary fund for disadvantaged youth work students

Government announces details of £580,000 bursary fund for disadvantaged youth work students The Youth Worker Bursary Fund has been set up by the government to target low-income students to ensure they can access the Level 2 certificate and Level 3 diploma in youth work practice qualifications…. September 12, 20191:04 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007123/government-announces-details-of-gbp580-000-bursary-fund-for-disadvantaged-youth-work-students

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IYW Statement on Spending Round announcement – September 2019

Sajid Javid visiting an Onside Youth Zone in May 2019 The IYW welcomes the Government’s announcement in this year’s Spending Round, notionally investing in young people and Youth & Community work.  Truly, it is heartening that the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, is...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Crowdburst sessions engaging young people with politicians and party reps in an afternoon at #LabConf19 Opening on democracy & community engagement ⁦@CatSmithMP⁩ ⁦@lloyd_rm⁩ ⁦@YoungCitizensUK⁩ Jack Felvus #youthzone #YZ19pic.twitter.com/wHc2fxWW8L

Crowdburst sessions engaging young people with politicians and party reps in an afternoon at #LabConf19 Opening on democracy & community engagement ⁦@CatSmithMP⁩ ⁦@lloyd_rm⁩ ⁦@YoungCitizensUK⁩ Jack Felvus #youthzone #YZ19pic.twitter.com/wHc2fxWW8L Crowdburst sessions engaging young people with politicians and party reps in an afternoon at #LabConf19 Opening on democracy & community engagement ⁦ @CatSmithMP⁩ ⁦ @lloyd_rm⁩ ⁦ @YoungCitizensUK⁩ […]

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⁦@lloyd_rm⁩ chairing the #youthzone19 debate on #youthservices with ⁦@CatSmithMP⁩pic.twitter.com/LjiaakAJsS

⁦@lloyd_rm⁩ chairing the #youthzone19 debate on #youthservices with ⁦@CatSmithMP⁩pic.twitter.com/LjiaakAJsS ⁦ @lloyd_rm⁩ chairing the #youthzone19 debate on #youthservices with ⁦ @CatSmithMP⁩ pic.twitter.com/LjiaakAJsS September 22, 20194:01 pm by (@PYL_London) ⁦@lloyd_rm⁩ chairing the #youthzone19 debate on #youthservices with ⁦@CatSmithMP⁩ pic.twitter.com/LjiaakAJsS — Partnership4YoungLondon (@PYL_London) September 22, 2019

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Young activist @CllrJessBarnard highlighting that if you want to transform youth services, you *need* to give young people platforms to have their voices heard #Lab19pic.twitter.com/72aoO9PMyB

Young activist @CllrJessBarnard highlighting that if you want to transform youth services, you *need* to give young people platforms to have their voices heard #Lab19pic.twitter.com/72aoO9PMyB Young activist @CllrJessBarnard highlighting that if you want to transform youth services, you *need* to give young people platforms to have their voices heard #Lab19 pic.twitter.com/72aoO9PMyB September 22, 20194:01 pm […]

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Why isn’t there more anger at cuts to youth services? @LeighNYA from #iwill partner @natyouthagency highlighting that £1bn has been cut from youth services over the last nine years #Lab19pic.twitter.com/Vi934WHGYr

Why isn’t there more anger at cuts to youth services? @LeighNYA from #iwill partner @natyouthagency highlighting that £1bn has been cut from youth services over the last nine years #Lab19pic.twitter.com/Vi934WHGYr Why isn’t there more anger at cuts to youth services? @LeighNYA from #iwill partner @natyouthagency highlighting that £1bn has been cut from youth services over […]

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Ayesha and Sami off to #lab19 supported by ⁦@natyouthagency⁩ to debate investing in #youngpeoplepic.twitter.com/8IZqZgKt8m

Ayesha and Sami off to #lab19 supported by ⁦@natyouthagency⁩ to debate investing in #youngpeoplepic.twitter.com/8IZqZgKt8m Ayesha and Sami off to #lab19 supported by ⁦ @natyouthagency⁩ to debate investing in #youngpeople pic.twitter.com/8IZqZgKt8m September 22, 20194:01 pm by (@PYL_London) Ayesha and Sami off to #lab19 supported by ⁦@natyouthagency⁩ to debate investing in #youngpeople pic.twitter.com/8IZqZgKt8m — Partnership4YoungLondon (@PYL_London) September […]

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Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations