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 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...

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

NYA launches youth work bursary fund

NYA launches youth work bursary fund Up to 450 bursaries at NVQ Levels 2 and 3 are expected to be awarded in the first year of the fund, as part of the NYA’s national initiative to help grow the workforce. Placements will be co-ordinated… November 11, 20193:46 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007329/nya-launches-youth-work-bursary-fund Powered by WPeMatico

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MoJ confirms delay to secure school opening

MoJ confirms delay to secure school opening The pilot project, which will be established on the site of Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) in Kent, had been due to launch in autumn 2020. But the Ministry of Justice has told CYP Now that due… November 8, 201911:31 am by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007323/moj-confirms-delay-to-secure-school-opening Powered by WPeMatico

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NYA manifesto calls for wide-reaching investment in youth services

NYA manifesto calls for wide-reaching investment in youth services The professional body for youth work in England launches its High-5 manifesto to coincide with the start of Youth Work Week. It sets out a five-point plan calling for action to secure longer-term investment… November 5, 201911:50 am by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007315/nya-manifesto-calls-for-wide-reaching-investment-in-youth-services Powered by WPeMatico

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UK Youth reveals new chief

UK Youth reveals new chief Department for Education adviser Ndidi Okezie will join the leading youth work charity in January 2020, when Smee leaves to run the Youth Futures Foundation. Former teacher Okezie’s previous roles include… October 30, 20194:00 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007303/uk-youth-reveals-new-chief Powered by WPeMatico

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Priorities for the youth fund

Priorities for the youth fund At the Conservative Party conference, Chancellor Sajid Javid announced government plans to establish a new Youth Investment Fund backed by £500m over five years. The Department for Digital, Culture,… October 30, 20191:03 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/analysis/2007268/priorities-for-the-youth-fund Powered by WPeMatico

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Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Want to hear what we got up to at the Youth Commission Guernsey & Alderney conference on Saturday? Go to #BBCSounds Guernsey, Saturday, Isla Blatchford set and scroll to 1hr50 – boom! @BrookCharity @iyw_tweets #YWW19 #youthwork #youngpeople #youthserv… https://lnkd.in/eu3_YzG 

Want to hear what we got up to at the Youth Commission Guernsey & Alderney conference on Saturday? Go to #BBCSounds Guernsey, Saturday, Isla Blatchford set and scroll to 1hr50 – boom! @BrookCharity @iyw_tweets #YWW19 #youthwork #youngpeople #youthserv… https://lnkd.in/eu3_YzG  Want to hear what we got up to at the Youth Commission Guernsey & Alderney conference […]

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Write for our new series: ‘Critical student voices!’ Launching tomorrow for #YWW19 with an article by @NaisbyEmma. Thanks to @LizWoolley3 for getting this going! http://indefenceofyouthwork.com/2019/11/03/write-for-our-new-series-critical-student-voices/ …pic.twitter.com/RsJGBgOIgM

Write for our new series: ‘Critical student voices!’ Launching tomorrow for #YWW19 with an article by @NaisbyEmma. Thanks to @LizWoolley3 for getting this going! http://indefenceofyouthwork.com/2019/11/03/write-for-our-new-series-critical-student-voices/ …pic.twitter.com/RsJGBgOIgM Write for our new series: ‘Critical student voices!’ Launching tomorrow for #YWW19 with an article by @NaisbyEmma. Thanks to @LizWoolley3 for getting this going! http://indefenceofyouthwork.com/2019/11/03/write-for-our-new-series-critical-student-voices/ … pic.twitter.com/RsJGBgOIgM November 5, 20195:49 pm […]

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LOVE the work that has been done here by the amazing #YouthWork Team @TrustDevCom – click below to check out the pics of local young people getting “skilled and equipped to learn and earn” building a set of skate ramps this half term #YWW19 @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets https://twitter.com/TrustDevCom/status/1191361763310264320 …

LOVE the work that has been done here by the amazing #YouthWork Team @TrustDevCom – click below to check out the pics of local young people getting “skilled and equipped to learn and earn” building a set of skate ramps this half term #YWW19 @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets https://twitter.com/TrustDevCom/status/1191361763310264320 … LOVE the work that has been done here […]

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Always such huge support from youth work ally @HulbertMathew and the #LibDemFriendsofYouthServices! https://twitter.com/HulbertMathew/status/1191046304304189443 …

Always such huge support from youth work ally @HulbertMathew and the #LibDemFriendsofYouthServices! https://twitter.com/HulbertMathew/status/1191046304304189443 … Always such huge support from youth work ally @HulbertMathew and the #LibDemFriendsofYouthServices! https://twitter.com/HulbertMathew/status/1191046304304189443 … November 4, 201911:40 am by (@iyw_tweets) https://twitter.com/iyw_tweets/status/1191304172488052738 Powered by WPeMatico

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Happy #YWW19 everybody! Why not check out this video explaining the @natyouthagency’s High-5 Manifesto to secure investment in #youthwork services 🙂 https://twitter.com/natyouthagency/status/1191312419236253696 …

Happy #YWW19 everybody! Why not check out this video explaining the @natyouthagency’s High-5 Manifesto to secure investment in #youthwork services 🙂 https://twitter.com/natyouthagency/status/1191312419236253696 … Happy #YWW19 everybody! Why not check out this video explaining the @natyouthagency‘s High-5 Manifesto to secure investment in #youthwork services 🙂 https://twitter.com/natyouthagency/status/1191312419236253696 … November 4, 201911:40 am by (@iyw_tweets) https://twitter.com/iyw_tweets/status/1191315157886091264 Powered by WPeMatico

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Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations