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

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

Youth minister prioritises reducing unfilled NCS places

Youth minister prioritises reducing unfilled NCS places Crouch has confirmed that £9,781,587 handed to providers in 2016 on places that were not filled cannot be recouped because the money was spent on "upfront costs". But she said action has been taken... July 20,...

Why your vote matters

Why your vote matters This post was written by Kerrie Starkie, Representative for the North West of England on UK Youth Voice. You can read more blogs from UK Youth Voice by clicking here and follow them on twitter @UKYV. This post was originally published on the...

Government announces national ‘youth integration’ network

Government announces national 'youth integration' network A total of £250,000 has been awarded to Youth United Foundation to establish the network and develop long-term approaches to creating lasting relationships between young people from different backgrounds.......

Council cuts funding for joint police early help initiative

Council cuts funding for joint police early help initiative Last week, Lancashire County Council backed proposals to cut £265,000 a year from its early action and safer travel teams despite a public consultation showing that 91 per cent of residents were against......

Raising the importance of well-funded youth services in Parliament

Raising the importance of well-funded youth services in Parliament This post was written by James Halliday Representative for the Yorkshire and the Humber on UK Youth Voice. You can read more blogs from UK Youth Voice by clicking here and follow them on twitter @UKYV....

MPs slam Hinds’ “unwise” role in social mobility chief appointment

MPs slam Hinds' "unwise" role in social mobility chief appointment In a stinging rebuke of Hinds' actions in the appointment of Dame Martina Milburn to the role, which was confirmed today, the education select committee said that his decision to personally ask her...

Hospital appoints youth worker for kidney disease patients

Hospital appoints youth worker for kidney disease patients The paediatric nephrology department at Southampton Children's Hospital has appointed Andy Beeson as its first youth worker for patients with chronic kidney disease. Beeson will work alongside clinical... July...

APM announce UK Youth as their Charity of the Year

APM announce UK Youth as their Charity of the Year We are delighted to be chosen as APM’s new Charity of the Year partner. Together we plan to inspire young people to be the best they can be, overcome barriers, move towards their life goals and achieve independence....

What the new Cabinet means for youth services

What the new Cabinet means for youth services It has been hard to miss the news of Cabinet resignations over the past few days. David Davis MP and Boris Johnson MP  among others have resigned from their Ministerial seats. As a youth organisation you may be wondering,...

Learning about youth engagement with UK Youth

Learning about youth engagement with UK Youth This blog was written by Megan English, who is currently undertaking a placement at UK Youth. For more information about UK Youth voice, please go here. It’s hard to believe that my time at UK Youth and in London are...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Huge Congratulations to all the 3rd year BA(Hons) Working with Young People and Communities students who received their results today. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! Make change happen. Be kind. Be fierce. Be fair. Now is your time! @derbyuniYWCD @poppytea @DerbyUniVC @natyouthagency

Huge Congratulations to all the 3rd year BA(Hons) Working with Young People and Communities students who received their results today. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! Make change happen. Be kind. Be fierce. Be fair. Now is your time! @derbyuniYWCD @poppytea @DerbyUniVC...

Youth Work Week 2018 is coming. The National Youth Agency has released details of this years campaign theme: What is Youth Work! Visit http://www.nya.org.uk  to access guidance and details of our video/social media campaigns. While you’re there, join the NYA Network for free.pic.twitter.com/DZ3kgTl2Ye

Youth Work Week 2018 is coming. The National Youth Agency has released details of this years campaign theme: What is Youth Work! Visit http://www.nya.org.uk  to access guidance and details of our video/social media campaigns. While you’re there, join the NYA Network...

#wearecumbria @CumbriaUniYCW @UOC_WCF_LANC Congraulations to all our amazing students celebrating their achievements today! #youthwork #workingwithchildrenandfamilies @CumbriaUni Graduation 2018pic.twitter.com/xkDgbcxPDs

#wearecumbria @CumbriaUniYCW @UOC_WCF_LANC Congraulations to all our amazing students celebrating their achievements today! #youthwork #workingwithchildrenandfamilies @CumbriaUni Graduation 2018pic.twitter.com/xkDgbcxPDs #wearecumbria @CumbriaUniYCW @UOC_WCF_LANC...

Youth work/ workers are essential to all young people . We need the government to listen to the importance of such a professional body. https://twitter.com/iyw_tweets/status/1017795808031330304 …

Youth work/ workers are essential to all young people . We need the government to listen to the importance of such a professional body. https://twitter.com/iyw_tweets/status/1017795808031330304 … Youth work/ workers are essential to all young people . We need the...

IYW Summer 18′ Newsletter Now Available https://mailchi.mp/00c65fd461be/iyw-summer-18-newsletter …

IYW Summer 18' Newsletter Now Available https://mailchi.mp/00c65fd461be/iyw-summer-18-newsletter … IYW Summer 18' Newsletter Now Available https://mailchi.mp/00c65fd461be/iyw-summer-18-newsletter … July 16, 20183:07 pm by (@iyw_tweets)...
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