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

Generation Code Hub of the Year: A few words from our winners!

Generation Code Hub of the Year: A few words from our winners! At UK Youth’s Generation Code Hackathon, Creative Computing Club was named “Hub of the Year” for their extraordinary commitment to helping young people in Suffolk engage in computer science. Creative...

Youth fund for transforming spaces awards £1.5m

Youth fund for transforming spaces awards £1.5m Cafes, old libraries and even a camper van are to be transformed into youth clubs, quiet spaces or creative hubs, in some of the UK's most deprived areas. A total of 144 organisations will receive up... January 17,...

Vinspired environmental work set to carry on after charity collapse

Vinspired environmental work set to carry on after charity collapse Among work handled by Vinspired, which closed its doors last November, is youth engagement for Our Bright Future - a £33m partnership led by the Wildlife Trusts to involve young people in...

Spending on children’s centres and youth services down £140m

Spending on children's centres and youth services down £140m Section 251 outturn data for 2017/18 shows local government expenditure on services for young people were also slashed by £32m in 2017/18, compared to the previous financial year. The data submitted......

Deprived areas to get 6,000 new youth group places

Deprived areas to get 6,000 new youth group places The money is being distributed to nine groups through the Uniformed Youth Fund, which was announced last September, to help uniformed youth groups expand into deprived areas of England. A total of 6,250... January 9,...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Our Chair @youthworkable was at the launch of the ‘Children First’ campaign this evening in parliament. Please head to the new website, sign the petition and join the campaign! http://www.childrenfirstcampaign.com  #MinisterforChildrenandYouthhttps://twitter.com/youthworkable/status/1085651368830853121 …

Our Chair @youthworkable was at the launch of the 'Children First' campaign this evening in parliament. Please head to the new website, sign the petition and join the campaign! http://www.childrenfirstcampaign.com ...

Towards the end of 2018 we brought the sector together in Westminster. This is what was discussed. https://nya.org.uk/NYA-Summit/ 

Towards the end of 2018 we brought the sector together in Westminster. This is what was discussed. https://nya.org.uk/NYA-Summit/  Towards the end of 2018 we brought the sector together in Westminster. This is what was discussed. https://nya.org.uk/NYA-Summit/ ...

Join David Williams, our Senior Youth Work Co-ordinator in the first installment of the UK Youth webinar series on innovative youth work. David explores the role youth work plays in tackling county lines. See link below. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-youth-member-spotlight-webinar-kinetic-youth-tickets-53911608071 …

Join David Williams, our Senior Youth Work Co-ordinator in the first installment of the UK Youth webinar series on innovative youth work. David explores the role youth work plays in tackling county lines. See link below....

An LGBT+ Youth Worker contacted me today. They’d heard how LGBT+ inclusive @DerbyUni is & wanted to arrange a visit to raise the HE aspirations of the YP they work with. THIS is the outcome of being VISIBLY inclusive! @DerbyUniVC @joannebishton @FeefeeShelts @poppytea

An LGBT+ Youth Worker contacted me today. They’d heard how LGBT+ inclusive @DerbyUni is & wanted to arrange a visit to raise the HE aspirations of the YP they work with. THIS is the outcome of being VISIBLY inclusive! @DerbyUniVC @joannebishton @FeefeeShelts @poppytea...

Youth workers can provide a healthier, better productive and more cost effective alternative to custodial sentence. To the decision makers I urge you, hear this argument loud and clear, fund youth work to support young people #youthwork @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets https://twitter.com/thescyj/status/1082321297047277568 …

Youth workers can provide a healthier, better productive and more cost effective alternative to custodial sentence. To the decision makers I urge you, hear this argument loud and clear, fund youth work to support young people #youthwork @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets...

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