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

Online Gambling and Mental Health

Online Gambling and Mental Health This blog was written for UK Youth by Rebecca Mark from YGAM It’s Mental Health Week here in the UK and we wanted to use this opportunity to raise public awareness of the mental health issues surrounding online gaming and gambling....

Improving well-being through #EmpowHER

Improving well-being through #EmpowHER This blog was written by Lissy Chance from Young Gloucestershire for Mental Health Week. Here at Young Gloucestershire, building positive mental well-being is embedded in the work we do and our approach to supporting young...

Mayor launches new £15m youth funding round

Mayor launches new £15m youth funding round London mayor Sadiq Khan claims the new wave of funding from the Young Londoners Fund, will provide positive opportunities for up to 40,000 young people. The fund is part of a package of measures aimed... May 16, 20196:07 pm...

Scouts expands membership in deprived areas

Scouts expands membership in deprived areas Figures published today by the youth movement - a year on since the launch of its Skills for Life strategy to increase provision in disadvantaged communities - showed there were 289 new sections formed... May 15, 20196:02 pm...

Two-thirds of young people worry about online appearance

Two-thirds of young people worry about online appearance The results of the research by youth charity YMCA, published in a report The Curate Escape, found that because of the pressure they feel to look good, two-thirds of the more than 2,000 11- to 24-years-old... May...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Youth Charter soon, Youth Minister overdue @10DowningStreet https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/youth-charter-minister-james-cathcart-1e/ … @UKYouth @NCS @matthyde @NYA @Girlguiding @YouthareUnited @Lotte_IWill @bycChair @LGA @ChooseYouth @iyw_tweets @bbradleymp @lloyd_rm @Shoutout_UK @UKTalkPolitics @PSAyoungpol @JonTongepic.twitter.com/vIrcPiBtbD

Youth Charter soon, Youth Minister overdue @10DowningStreet https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/youth-charter-minister-james-cathcart-1e/ … @UKYouth @NCS @matthyde @NYA @Girlguiding @YouthareUnited @Lotte_IWill @bycChair @LGA @ChooseYouth @iyw_tweets @bbradleymp @lloyd_rm...

It’s #mentalhealthawarenessweek2019 and @LondonYouth have something brewing… £400 for young people to start their own social action project that improves or raises awareness of positive mental health and wellbeing in their communities. Watch this space! #LYMicrogrants

It's #mentalhealthawarenessweek2019 and @LondonYouth have something brewing... £400 for young people to start their own social action project that improves or raises awareness of positive mental health and wellbeing in their communities. Watch this space!...

Massive congratulations to our Mile End Youth Worker in Charge Nahim for being shortlisted for Inspirational Leader of the Year at the Housing Heroes Awards 2019 alongside CEOs! Keep being an inspiration #GetInspired @_HousingHeroes #HHAwards19pic.twitter.com/GGiOeX9bPI

Massive congratulations to our Mile End Youth Worker in Charge Nahim for being shortlisted for Inspirational Leader of the Year at the Housing Heroes Awards 2019 alongside CEOs! Keep being an inspiration #GetInspired @_HousingHeroes...

Great to have @CatSmithMP in Birmingham listening to young people’s thoughts on the need for more opportunities, more youth clubs, more youth workers and simply more investment. Young people are very affected by the rise in knife crime and want government to step up.pic.twitter.com/r68VzAqGXF

Great to have @CatSmithMP in Birmingham listening to young people's thoughts on the need for more opportunities, more youth clubs, more youth workers and simply more investment. Young people are very affected by the rise in knife crime and want government to step...

Well done Norma in calling for the voices of youth workers to be included – time for @iyw_tweets to be heard. Well done too Bernard (@indefenceyw) for highlighting the asset-based approach that needs to be taken. #YouthworkWorks https://twitter.com/guardian/status/1127607784906870794 …

Well done Norma in calling for the voices of youth workers to be included - time for @iyw_tweets to be heard. Well done too Bernard (@indefenceyw) for highlighting the asset-based approach that needs to be taken. #YouthworkWorks...

Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations