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

Disadvantaged children missing out on out-of-school activities

Disadvantaged children missing out on out-of-school activities The research, commissioned by Education Secretary Damian Hinds and conducted by the Social Mobility Commission, found "huge disparities" in participation rates depending on social background. The study,......

Legal duty on public bodies to tackle knife crime together

Legal duty on public bodies to tackle knife crime together Concerns had been raised by councils over the prospect of individual professionals being placed under the public health duty, after Home Secretary Sajid Javid launched an eight-week consultation on the... July...

A day at Microsoft’s London flagship store

A day at Microsoft’s London flagship store On Monday alongside UK Youth I got the chance to visit Microsoft’s new flagship store in London- their first physical retail store in the UK. Spread over three floors, the interior feels sleek and open, whilst the store was...

Strategy and Innovation Group

Strategy and Innovation Group On July 4th, I was given the unique opportunity to attend UK Youth’s Strategy and Innovation meeting. Representatives from dozens of youth organisations came together for the full day to collaborate and strengthen their impact on the...

Government launches review of youth work guidance

Government launches review of youth work guidance Civil society minister Mims Davies announced the review which is intended to focus on the "positive role local authorities can play" in the way they secure and offer services for young people. The news... July 10,...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Oh wow found myself cited in another piece of research about youth work alongside the fantastic @tania_dsc @YouthandPolicyForever grateful for the supportive and caring environment youth work and education scholars have shared with mepic.twitter.com/g226e5Y9Se

Oh wow found myself cited in another piece of research about youth work alongside the fantastic @tania_dsc @YouthandPolicy Forever grateful for the supportive and caring environment youth work and education scholars have shared with mepic.twitter.com/g226e5Y9Se Oh wow...

Well done Oldham and all who fought for this 🙂 https://twitter.com/OldhamCouncil/status/1149005827765919744 …

Well done Oldham and all who fought for this 🙂 https://twitter.com/OldhamCouncil/status/1149005827765919744 … Well done Oldham and all who fought for this 🙂 https://twitter.com/OldhamCouncil/status/1149005827765919744 … July 12, 201910:56 am by (@iyw_tweets)...

If you want to be involved with the review of the statutory duties for #youthwork, please join the NYA roadshows coming to a city near you over the next few months! https://twitter.com/natyouthagency/status/1148948118001655809 …

If you want to be involved with the review of the statutory duties for #youthwork, please join the NYA roadshows coming to a city near you over the next few months! https://twitter.com/natyouthagency/status/1148948118001655809 … If you want to be involved with the...

NYA and LGA to lead on the statutory review of youth work and services for young people #bethechangeyouwanttosee @tagpalycw https://lnkd.in/dmsBtSA 

NYA and LGA to lead on the statutory review of youth work and services for young people #bethechangeyouwanttosee @tagpalycw https://lnkd.in/dmsBtSA  NYA and LGA to lead on the statutory review of youth work and services for young people #bethechangeyouwanttosee...

Great to meet with the new @CommonsLeader this afternoon to talk about the work of @UKYouth and the importance of engaging young people in democracy! #StandWithYouth #youthvoice https://twitter.com/MelJStride/status/1148637861564047360 …

Great to meet with the new @CommonsLeader this afternoon to talk about the work of @UKYouth and the importance of engaging young people in democracy! #StandWithYouth #youthvoice https://twitter.com/MelJStride/status/1148637861564047360 … Great to meet with the new...

Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations