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

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...

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 support...

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 of...
Latest Policy & Youth Sector News

UK Youth launches new digital literacy programme with support from Google and YouTube

UK Youth launches new digital literacy programme with support from Google and YouTube UK Youth are excited to announce the launch of their new programme funded by Google.org delivering Be Internet Citizens, a programme created by Google, YouTube and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. The programme is expected to reach 10,000 young people across the […]

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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...

The UK Youth Fund – distributing £1million in the coming weeks

The UK Youth Fund – distributing £1million in the coming weeks UK Youth is delighted to announce it will be distributing more than £1million in grants to youth groups and organisations working with young people across England. Find out more about how to apply below. With funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & […]

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Boost to female empowerment: UK Youth’s EmpowHER programme extended

Boost to female empowerment: UK Youth’s EmpowHER programme extended UK Youth are delighted to announce extension funding for their EmpowHER programme has been granted by joint funders Spirit of 2012 and the #iwill Fund. The new funding of £600,000 is in addition to the initial £1.8 million grant. The extension funding will allow UK Youth […]

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Young women are marking the anniversary of suffrage with new ideas of their own

Young women are marking the anniversary of suffrage with new ideas of their own Last year marked an important democratic milestone – 100 years since some women in the UK were given the right to vote. Aiming to capture the spirit of equality and rights for women, UK...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Respond to this consultation please and have your say. Unlock untapped funds to benefit young people and communities https://twitter.com/dianabarran/status/1230896091320770560 …

Respond to this consultation please and have your say. Unlock untapped funds to benefit young people and communities https://twitter.com/dianabarran/status/1230896091320770560 … Respond to this consultation please and have your say. Unlock untapped funds to benefit young people and communities https://twitter.com/dianabarran/status/1230896091320770560 … February 22, 202012:16 pm by (@abbee_NYA) https://twitter.com/abbee_NYA/status/1230916264329121793 Powered by WPeMatico

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Request for Newsletter Content – https://mailchi.mp/17057a303da3/request-for-newsletter-content …

Request for Newsletter Content – https://mailchi.mp/17057a303da3/request-for-newsletter-content … Request for Newsletter Content – https://mailchi.mp/17057a303da3/request-for-newsletter-content … February 17, 20204:12 pm by (@iyw_tweets) https://twitter.com/iyw_tweets/status/1229432990687780864 Powered by WPeMatico

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Conference about Roma young people in the UK and their barriers to education. Organised in conjunction with Youth and Community at University of Derby. BOOK NOW! https://twitter.com/RichardsonRuthy/status/1229368155618889729 …

Conference about Roma young people in the UK and their barriers to education. Organised in conjunction with Youth and Community at University of Derby. BOOK NOW! https://twitter.com/RichardsonRuthy/status/1229368155618889729 … Conference about Roma young people in the UK and their barriers to education. Organised in conjunction with Youth and Community at University of Derby. BOOK NOW! https://twitter.com/RichardsonRuthy/status/1229368155618889729 … February […]

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“The Youth Select Committee report says social factors such as poverty and inequality are the main causes of knife crime” and recommends more #youthwork https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-politics-51476079?__twitter_impression=true …

“The Youth Select Committee report says social factors such as poverty and inequality are the main causes of knife crime” and recommends more #youthwork https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-politics-51476079?__twitter_impression=true … “The Youth Select Committee report says social factors such as poverty and inequality are the main causes of knife crime” and recommends more #youthwork https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-politics-51476079?__twitter_impression=true … February 13, 202012:23 pm by […]

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THIS –> FREE cross-sector Brighton Conference on how we all work together to reduce the risk and prevelance of violence to young people across Brighton & Hove. #brighton #youth #SussexVRU March 11th 2020. Lunch included. Sign up here: https://saferbh.eventbrite.co.uk/ pic.twitter.com/d8xN134T5O

THIS –> FREE cross-sector Brighton Conference on how we all work together to reduce the risk and prevelance of violence to young people across Brighton & Hove. #brighton #youth #SussexVRU March 11th 2020. Lunch included. Sign up here: https://saferbh.eventbrite.co.uk/ pic.twitter.com/d8xN134T5O THIS –> FREE cross-sector Brighton Conference on how we all work together to reduce the risk […]

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Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations