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

Loneliness strategy to improve access to community spaces for young people

Loneliness strategy to improve access to community spaces for young people Announcing the funding today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it would enable the creation of more sustainable community spaces and hubs with a particular focus...

Study to test how military-style adventure programme boosts attainment

Study to test how military-style adventure programme boosts attainment The Adventure Learning Trial, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), will see 2,300 13- and 14-year-olds engage in one of two adventure learning programmes run by character education...

Call to boost after-school youth work to reduce risk of violence

Call to boost after-school youth work to reduce risk of violence Speaking in a House of Commons debate on youth violence, Vicky Foxcroft, Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford, said that evidence given to the Youth Violence Commission shows that knife attacks are most...

Behind the scenes of our EmpowHER programme

Behind the scenes of our EmpowHER programme Over the past couple of weeks, the EmpowHER team at UK Youth has been busy delivering youth worker training in the South West, West Midlands and North West. To celebrate #DayoftheGirl, we wanted to give you an exclusive...

DfE announces £24m youth employment initiative

DfE announces £24m youth employment initiative Announcing the Opportunity North East scheme at a school in Gateshead, Damian Hinds said children in the region need more support from education and business leaders, because it is listed bottom in England... October 8,...

‘County lines’ child trafficker convicted in landmark case

'County lines' child trafficker convicted in landmark case The conviction of Birmingham man Zakaria Mohammed is the first time a conviction has been secured for child trafficking offences related to county lines under the Modern Slavery Act (2015). The legislation......

PwC: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for UK Youth

PwC: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for UK Youth Only now, one week after arriving back from our Tanzanian expedition, has it sunk in that I have summited the tallest mountain in Africa and standing at 5895m, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount...

Government to launch £200m youth fund to tackle violent crime

Government to launch £200m youth fund to tackle violent crime In his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham he will outline details of a youth endowment fund to tackle violent crime "hotspots" over the next decade - equivalent to £20m a year. ......

Fall in missing children incidents linked to ‘county lines’

Fall in missing children incidents linked to 'county lines' A Home Office-funded pilot project to tackle "county lines" crime in Kent, resulted in the number of missing episodes in Dover falling from 123 to 49 just four months after the interventions began....

CYP Now top 10 stories September 2018

CYP Now top 10 stories September 2018 1. Health visitors 'quitting over fears they are unable to protect children'             2. Councils plan £900m of cuts including children's services and early years ... September 28, 20185:47 pm by...

Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

HIV training with Warrington Bridgewater Sexual health team #warringtonYouthServicepic.twitter.com/zt5OS0rxjk

HIV training with Warrington Bridgewater Sexual health team #warringtonYouthServicepic.twitter.com/zt5OS0rxjk HIV training with Warrington Bridgewater Sexual health team #warringtonYouthService pic.twitter.com/zt5OS0rxjk October 16, 20188:38 pm by (@officalmatt)...

A penny hike – walk round the streets and toss a coin to turn left or right you should end up at the chip shop!

A penny hike - walk round the streets and toss a coin to turn left or right you should end up at the chip shop! A penny hike - walk round the streets and toss a coin to turn left or right you should end up at the chip shop! October 16, 20182:25 pm by (@ShanksSue)...

Lovely #youthworkers I’m after ideas for outdoor activities now that it’s dark from 7pm, many thanks #ywchat

Lovely #youthworkers I'm after ideas for outdoor activities now that it's dark from 7pm, many thanks #ywchat Lovely #youthworkers I'm after ideas for outdoor activities now that it's dark from 7pm, many thanks #ywchat October 15, 201810:57 pm by (@AliaPikeNTC)...

Plenary at the #politicsofspace event – how we can be congruent creators without making art’s commodification and consumption the end goal?pic.twitter.com/kAQgsHStk9

Plenary at the #politicsofspace event - how we can be congruent creators without making art's commodification and consumption the end goal?pic.twitter.com/kAQgsHStk9 Plenary at the #politicsofspace event - how we can be congruent creators without making art's...

Being told to embrace the “Fuck it, I’m just gunna do it” philosophy by Chris Charles @Art_Of_Care at the #politicsofspace eventpic.twitter.com/O9xs6FkH6C

Being told to embrace the "Fuck it, I'm just gunna do it" philosophy by Chris Charles @Art_Of_Care at the #politicsofspace eventpic.twitter.com/O9xs6FkH6C Being told to embrace the "Fuck it, I'm just gunna do it" philosophy by Chris Charles @Art_Of_Care at the...

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