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

HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE YOUTH SECTOR IN THE COVID-19 CRISIS – AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT

HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE YOUTH SECTOR IN THE COVID-19 CRISIS – AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT 20.03.20 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dear Sir/Madam, It is not overstating the matter to unequivocally state that, without significant, coordinated and urgent action by the government in partnership with the youth sector, the impacts of this crisis will […]

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UK Youth launches advice for coronavirus

UK Youth launches advice for coronavirus UK Youth and the National Youth Agency have worked together to provide some simple support for youth workers and young people. All information is correct as of 18.03.20.  Youth workers Young people The post UK Youth launches advice for coronavirus appeared first on UK Youth. March 18, 20201:26 pm{authorlink}https://www.ukyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/cropped-UKY_profile-image-PNG-32×32.png […]

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More than 78,000 young people to benefit from £1.16M UK Youth Fund

More than 78,000 young people to benefit from £1.16M UK Youth Fund UK Youth is delighted to announce 78,123 young people will benefit from the recently distributed UK Youth Fund. One hundred and sixty-eight (168) different organisations and community groups who work with young people, across all corners of England have received grants to enhance […]

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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...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

@iyw_tweets We are launching MindSET -a FREE Mental Health Livestream for people aged 16-30. Giving teens / Young Adults the skills to cope&manage during this crisis. Starting this Weds.1st April, 11.30am GMT To join us email: enquiries@bodyandsoulcharity.org Share & RT pic.twitter.com/FtMjzTdTj3

@iyw_tweets We are launching MindSET -a FREE Mental Health Livestream for people aged 16-30. Giving teens / Young Adults the skills to cope&manage during this crisis. Starting this Weds.1st April, 11.30am GMT To join us email: enquiries@bodyandsoulcharity.org Share & RT pic.twitter.com/FtMjzTdTj3 @iyw_tweets We are launching MindSET -a FREE Mental Health Livestream for people aged 16-30. […]

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Hello Twitter world! A question for you to consider. Honesty, how much does your own political literacy and leanings affect your professional practice? @DerbyUni @derbyuniYWCD @iyw_tweets @natyouthagencypic.twitter.com/oxYUzQ4dR7

Hello Twitter world! A question for you to consider. Honesty, how much does your own political literacy and leanings affect your professional practice? @DerbyUni @derbyuniYWCD @iyw_tweets @natyouthagencypic.twitter.com/oxYUzQ4dR7 Hello Twitter world! A question for you to consider. Honesty, how much does your own political literacy and leanings affect your professional practice? @DerbyUni @derbyuniYWCD @iyw_tweets @natyouthagency pic.twitter.com/oxYUzQ4dR7 […]

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If anyone wants to write an article reflecting on youth work under lockdown, please do get in touch via the contact form on our webpage!

If anyone wants to write an article reflecting on youth work under lockdown, please do get in touch via the contact form on our webpage! If anyone wants to write an article reflecting on youth work under lockdown, please do get in touch via the contact form on our webpage! March 27, 20209:49 am by […]

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Nice work Youth Violence Commission “Wherever possible, youth organisations should take an asset-based approach to working with young people, explicitly framing their work around the provision of opportunity, skills and inclusion.” p. 62 http://yvcommission.com/final-report/ 

Nice work Youth Violence Commission “Wherever possible, youth organisations should take an asset-based approach to working with young people, explicitly framing their work around the provision of opportunity, skills and inclusion.” p. 62 http://yvcommission.com/final-report/  Nice work Youth Violence Commission “Wherever possible, youth organisations should take an asset-based approach to working with young people, explicitly framing […]

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Oh good, all my new #detached #youthwork toys have arrived – now that I’m not allowed to use them. #YouthWorkerProblemspic.twitter.com/sL0vJYGxD4

Oh good, all my new #detached #youthwork toys have arrived – now that I’m not allowed to use them. #YouthWorkerProblemspic.twitter.com/sL0vJYGxD4 Oh good, all my new #detached #youthwork toys have arrived – now that I’m not allowed to use them. #YouthWorkerProblems pic.twitter.com/sL0vJYGxD4 March 25, 20203:50 pm by (@youthworkable) https://twitter.com/youthworkable/status/1242771202961215488 Powered by WPeMatico

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Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations

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. Youth Work Support concerning Covid-19
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