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

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

ADCS calls for wider children’s workforce development

ADCS calls for wider children's workforce development In his inaugural presidential address, Stuart Gallimore said seeking wider workforce development would be one of his main priorities during his year-long term, which began at the start of April. "Over... April 20,...

Peers praise NCS success at attracting disadvantaged young people

Peers praise NCS success at attracting disadvantaged young people A report by the House of Lords select committee on citizenship and civic engagement found that the government's flagship youth participation scheme, for 15- to 17-year-olds, compares well against...

Why we celebrated the success of young people at the Money for Life Awards

Why we celebrated the success of young people at the Money for Life Awards By Jessica Lee, Project Manager at UK Youth.  On Wednesday 11th April, UK Youth brought together young people, youth workers, representatives from the financial sector. The Money for Life...

Youth homelessness rise linked to welfare reforms, report finds

Youth homelessness rise linked to welfare reforms, report finds The Young and Homeless 2018 report by homelessness services membership body Homeless Link, includes a survey of nearly 200 providers and council representatives. Among homelessness providers, 55 per......

I’m amplifying my voice this #WorldVoiceDay

I’m amplifying my voice this #WorldVoiceDay This post was written by Emily Fox, Representative for the East of England on UK Youth Voice. You can read more blogs from UK Youth Voice by clicking here and follow them on twitter @UKYV. Happy World Voice Day! This day is...

Youth charity launches wellbeing drive

Youth charity launches wellbeing drive The Youth Sport Trust said it wants to use the power of sport, PE and physical activity to halt the decline in children's physical, mental and social wellbeing. The charity, which has helped more than... April 13, 201812:32 pm by...

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...

Campaigning for equal rights in all Commonwealth countries

Campaigning for equal rights in all Commonwealth countries By Cllr Joe Porter Representative for the West Midlands on UK Youth Voice and Stonewall Young Campaigner. You can read more blogs from UK Youth Voice by clicking here and follow them on twitter @UKYV. Next...

Violence strategy ‘provides little’ to help council efforts, children’s leaders warn

Violence strategy 'provides little' to help council efforts, children's leaders warn The serious violence strategy, unveiled by Home Secretary Amber Rudd earlier this week, stressed the importance of early intervention to tackle the root causes of serious violence and...

Be part of something bigger

Be part of something bigger By Faiza Amin, Membership Development Executive at UK Youth. Working to build bright futures for all young people has never been as important as it is today. Consider the recent news on the rise in serious violence affecting young people...

Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Simple solutions will help @SadiqKhan fund #youthwork #payup4youthwork support #playwork fund #adventureplaygrounds listen to #youngpeople @londonplay @LondonYouth @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets @indefenceyw @CYPWUnite @ChooseYouth we can work with you. https://twitter.com/sadiqkhan/status/986635300884623366 …

Simple solutions will help @SadiqKhan fund #youthwork #payup4youthwork support #playwork fund #adventureplaygrounds listen to #youngpeople @londonplay @LondonYouth @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets @indefenceyw @CYPWUnite @ChooseYouth we can work with you....

This is a test of WP to Twitter. https://iyw.org.uk  (7249648)

This is a test of WP to Twitter. https://iyw.org.uk  (7249648) This is a test of WP to Twitter. https://iyw.org.uk  (7249648) April 18, 20184:37 pm by (@iyw_tweets)...

The new @natyouthagency strategy being introduced to the ETS members by Managing Director @LeighNYApic.twitter.com/RjhGiPVZDn

The new @natyouthagency strategy being introduced to the ETS members by Managing Director @LeighNYApic.twitter.com/RjhGiPVZDn The new @natyouthagency strategy being introduced to the ETS members by Managing Director @LeighNYA pic.twitter.com/RjhGiPVZDn April 17,...

On our way to Leicester for the #youthwork Education and Training Standards Committee (ETS) today. Proud to be part of the validation of youth work courses in England!

On our way to Leicester for the #youthwork Education and Training Standards Committee (ETS) today. Proud to be part of the validation of youth work courses in England! On our way to Leicester for the #youthwork Education and Training Standards Committee (ETS) today....

New post: Anna, Chair @bycLIVE welcomes 500 delegates to UK @Commonwealth18 #cyf #CHOGM2018 – calling for #youthvoice to be heard on mentalhealth/democratic participation/youthservices @YoungMindsUK @YoungCitizensUK @votesat16 @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets @ https://iyw.org.uk/?p=216656 

New post: Anna, Chair @bycLIVE welcomes 500 delegates to UK @Commonwealth18 #cyf #CHOGM2018 – calling for #youthvoice to be heard on mentalhealth/democratic participation/youthservices @YoungMindsUK @YoungCitizensUK @votesat16 @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets @...
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