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 the new Civil Society Strategy

The headline for youth workers from within the new Civil Society Strategy seems to be that the statutory guidance on provision of youth services will be reviewed and that the government “recognises the transformational impact that youth services and trained youth...

IYW Statement on the Labour Party policy pledge on Youth Services

‘To secure the future of youth work through policy and law’ is one of our key strategic aims along with the recognition of the educational and social value of quality youth work delivered by trained and supported practitioners, so the policy commitment from the Labour...

Choose Youth Parliamentary Roundtable

The Choose Youth parliamentary roundtable yesterday saw around 100 people come together in a warm room (intended to fit around 65) in a hugely positive show for youth work across the board.  Several Labour MPs and representatives from Lib Dem Friends of Youth Services...

Statement from the IYW Council on the subject of youth work in the media currently as a result of increased youth violence

Recent media focus on the enormous value of sustained, high-quality youth work and its tremendous positive impact on communities is long overdue. Yet at the Institute for Youth Work (IYW) we would hope for some of the more positive stories that happen daily to emerge...

THE IYW LAUNCH THEIR 5 YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN

We are hugely pleased to be announcing the IYW's strategic plan, formed through membership, stakeholder and Council contributions over the last 2 years.  We hope that the document chimes with your personal vision for what the Institute for Youth Work...

Latest Policy & Youth Sector News

Sports England and iWill fund new programme at UK Youth

Sports England and iWill fund new programme at UK Youth #iwillWeek is an annual event focussed on young people and social action.  This year we are very excited to announce a new programme funded by Sports England and iWill which will engage young people through...

DfE funds Scouts to launch early years provision

DfE funds Scouts to launch early years provision The inititiative is being financed through the DfE's through the Early Years Disadvantage VCS Grants programme, which is worth £6.5m for 2018/19. It is one of a number of early years projects that government... November...

Trustees Week 2018 – Getting young people on board

Trustees Week 2018 – Getting young people on board When people talk about “trustees”, it can conjure up images of a roomful of older, very experienced professionals, and young people might not immediately spring to mind.   Go back a few years, and that was very much...

UK Youth Parliament to campaign for action on knife crime

UK Youth Parliament to campaign for action on knife crime The decision came following the UK Youth Parliament's 10th annual House of Commons debate chaired by the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow MP. Knife crime was last month declared as the top concern......

Home Office announces £18m for youth projects to tackle serious violence

Home Office announces £18m for youth projects to tackle serious violence The Early Intervention Youth Fund is intended to help youth workers prevent children and young people becoming involved in criminal activity, such as being drawn into "county lines" crime where...

Young Person of the Year 2018 #UKYAwards18

Young Person of the Year 2018 #UKYAwards18 Our ‘Young Person of the Year’ Award is sponsored by PwC and recognises the incredible work and achievements of young people in our network. These inspiring shortlisted candidates have worked incredibly hard to empower...

Youth Organisation of the Year 2018 #UKYAwards18

Youth Organisation of the Year 2018 #UKYAwards18 Our ‘Youth Organisation of the Year’ Award is sponsored by APM and recognises the incredible work and achievements of youth organisations in our network. We’re delighted to have received such a high volume of nominees...

Youth Worker of the Year #UKYAwards18

Youth Worker of the Year #UKYAwards18 Our ‘Youth Worker of the Year’ Award is sponsored by Robert Langley Asset Management and recognises the incredible achievements from youth workers in our network. We’re delighted to have received such a high volume of nominees...

The Autumn Budget and what this means for young people

The Autumn Budget and what this means for young people A UK Youth perspective Dubbed by the Chancellor, Rt Hon Phillip Hammond as ‘a budget for Britain’s future’, Monday saw the last budget before Brexit setting out the Government’s economic plan for the country....

Government appoints Mims Davies as youth minister

Government appoints Mims Davies as youth minister Her appointment follows the resignation last week of Tracey Crouch, who left the job saying she was unhappy with the government delaying measures to reduce maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals.... November 6,...

Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Fundraiser by Inconvenient Women : Womens refugee centre donations…..check it out and then decide what next ⁦@TAGPALYCW⁩ ⁦@SineadGormally⁩ ⁦@YCDBradford⁩ ⁦⁦@sheilacurran1⁩ ⁦@janemelvin2⁩ ⁦@iyw_tweets⁩ https://www.gofundme.com/womens-refugee-centre-donations …

Fundraiser by Inconvenient Women : Womens refugee centre donations.....check it out and then decide what next ⁦@TAGPALYCW⁩ ⁦@SineadGormally⁩ ⁦@YCDBradford⁩ ⁦⁦@sheilacurran1⁩ ⁦@janemelvin2⁩ ⁦@iyw_tweets⁩ https://www.gofundme.com/womens-refugee-centre-donations …...

Youth workers play such an important role in communities and make a huge difference to the lives of young people. Well done Cheryl! @UKYouth #UKYAwards18 https://twitter.com/UKYouth/status/1062438076058877952 …

Youth workers play such an important role in communities and make a huge difference to the lives of young people. Well done Cheryl! @UKYouth #UKYAwards18 https://twitter.com/UKYouth/status/1062438076058877952 … Youth workers play such an important role in communities...

We are recruiting in Kent, come join our amazing team. https://www.cypnowjobs.co.uk/job/319135/youth-worker-/ … #youthwork #jncyouthwork

We are recruiting in Kent, come join our amazing team. https://www.cypnowjobs.co.uk/job/319135/youth-worker-/ … #youthwork #jncyouthwork We are recruiting in Kent, come join our amazing team. https://www.cypnowjobs.co.uk/job/319135/youth-worker-/ … #youthwork...

We are recruiting in Staffordshire, come join our amazing team! https://www.cypnowjobs.co.uk/job/319136/youth-worker-/ … #youthwork #jncyouthwork

We are recruiting in Staffordshire, come join our amazing team! https://www.cypnowjobs.co.uk/job/319136/youth-worker-/ … #youthwork #jncyouthwork We are recruiting in Staffordshire, come join our amazing team! https://www.cypnowjobs.co.uk/job/319136/youth-worker-/ …...

Every voice has a right to be heard, free from intimidation, upset and abuse. We must all reject violence and threats of this nature. So proud of @bycLIVE for this action! https://twitter.com/byclive/status/1061961616453967872 …

Every voice has a right to be heard, free from intimidation, upset and abuse. We must all reject violence and threats of this nature. So proud of @bycLIVE for this action! https://twitter.com/byclive/status/1061961616453967872 … Every voice has a right to be heard,...

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