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

A Register for Youth Workers

The APPG on Youth Affairs Youth Work Inquiry has highlighted the need for Youth Worker registration in the final report, published yesterday (4.4.19). The fifth recommendation in the inquiry report on workforce strategy, states that: “To be effective, a register of...

Tracey Spear, who sadly passed away on the 17 th January 2019.

Tracey Spear joined the IYW Council towards the end of 2016 with a clear mission to fight for youth work at a national and strategic level. In the time since, she became known to the rest of the IYW Council as someone with a tenacious and formidable nature and someone...

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...
Latest Policy & Youth Sector News

UK Youth Track Day at Goodwood

UK Youth Track Day at Goodwood UK Youth are very excited to be hosting their first track day on Wednesday 15th May. Held at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit, former F1 racing legend and UK Youth President Nigel Mansell CBE will take to the circuit to host a 105db...

A semester of gaining new perspectives, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures

A semester of gaining new perspectives, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures This blog was written by Dhristi Shah, who is currently undertaking a placement at UK Youth. For more information about UK Youth Voice, please go here. I cannot believe that the...

Young people to develop youth charter with government

Young people to develop youth charter with government The move has been welcomed by leading youth organisations, which have been calling for a "new, bolder approach to youth strategy" tailored to the specific challenges facing young people today. The news... April 11,...

Leading Youth Organisations welcome a Youth Charter

Leading Youth Organisations welcome a Youth Charter Working together, UK Youth, The Scouts, Girlguiding, National Youth Agency, NCS Trust, Youth United Foundation, Step up to Serve, The Prince’s Trust, and the British Youth Council have been calling on the Government...

Art for Youth London 2018

Art for Youth London 2018 Written for UK Youth by Ann Mavroleon, Event Director, Art for Youth London Art for Youth London 2018, located at the prestigious Mall Galleries, was once again an immensely successful event. Sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management, this...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Read about the @natyouthagency ‘s new Research Hub and submit evidence here: https://nya.org.uk/the-nya-research-hub/ …

Read about the @natyouthagency 's new Research Hub and submit evidence here: https://nya.org.uk/the-nya-research-hub/ … Read about the @natyouthagency 's new Research Hub and submit evidence here: https://nya.org.uk/the-nya-research-hub/ … April 17, 201912:19 pm by...

The date we are meeting to discuss @YouthAPPG #youth report will be now Wed 1st May at 6pm Trampery Republic, 2 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG nearest DLR station East India #youthwork

The date we are meeting to discuss @YouthAPPG #youth report will be now Wed 1st May at 6pm Trampery Republic, 2 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG nearest DLR station East India #youthwork The date we are meeting to discuss @YouthAPPG #youth report will be now Wed 1st May...

MPs and the Youth Minister – are they on the same page? A guest blog by Bernard Davies on recent important youth work policy announcements http://indefenceofyouthwork.com/2019/04/16/mps-and-the-youth-minister-are-they-on-the-same-page/ …pic.twitter.com/e4GH9ut5Mp

MPs and the Youth Minister - are they on the same page? A guest blog by Bernard Davies on recent important youth work policy announcements http://indefenceofyouthwork.com/2019/04/16/mps-and-the-youth-minister-are-they-on-the-same-page/ …pic.twitter.com/e4GH9ut5Mp MPs...

Yesterday @natyouthagency launched their #ResearchHub. In short, we are looking to bring youth work practice and research closer together, so please do get involved – there is a place for everyone and the more the merrier. Details here: https://nya.org.uk/the-nya-research-hub/ …

Yesterday @natyouthagency launched their #ResearchHub. In short, we are looking to bring youth work practice and research closer together, so please do get involved - there is a place for everyone and the more the merrier. Details here:...

Young people to develop youth charter with government http://ow.ly/SYUQ50pRYBC 

Young people to develop youth charter with government http://ow.ly/SYUQ50pRYBC  Young people to develop youth charter with government http://ow.ly/SYUQ50pRYBC  April 11, 20193:27 pm by (@iyw_tweets) https://twitter.com/iyw_tweets/status/1116332284611899392

Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations