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 a big issue among young people, say youth workers

Loneliness a big issue among young people, say youth workers Charity UK Youth polled youth workers and found that 82 per cent felt loneliness was a big issue for the teenagers and young adults they worked with. Despite this almost three quarters (73 per cent)......

Civil Society Strategy: Council leaders welcome youth work focus

Civil Society Strategy: Council leaders welcome youth work focus The strategy, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on Thursday, includes a commitment by the government to undertake a review of statutory guidance for councils to...

Government to review council youth work statutory duties as part of Civil Society Strategy

Government to review council youth work statutory duties as part of Civil Society Strategy The strategy, Building a future that works for everyone, published today, states that a review of the guidance for councils to provide "appropriate local youth services" is...

Civil Society Strategy: UK Youth’s response

Civil Society Strategy: UK Youth’s response UK Youth welcomes the strong commitment from the Civil Society Strategy in valuing the contribution of young people to society. In our Civil Society Strategy submission back in May 2018, we called for young people to be...

82% of youth workers believe loneliness is a problem for young people

82% of youth workers believe loneliness is a problem for young people A new report published today suggests that youth loneliness is a ‘common experience’ that could affect all young people Young people seem to face barriers when talking about feeling lonely with 73%...

Youth projects share £1.5m to tackle knife crime

Youth projects share £1.5m to tackle knife crime The latest round of funding from the Home Office's Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund was originally set at £1m when it launched in May, but has been increased by a further £500,000 due to the number and... August 8,...

How to be a trustworthy Charity

How to be a trustworthy Charity Last month the Charity Commission published its Trust in Charities, 2018 report. While the big headlines were around public trust in charities decreasing to its lowest point for more than ten years, the focus of the report is actually...

Youth worker register ‘close to launch’

Youth worker register 'close to launch' The register, plans for which were announced in the Institute's five-year strategy launched in January, will include details of the qualifications held by individual youth workers. Institute chair Adam... August 6, 20182:07 pm...

Labour Party announce consultation for statutory youth provision

Labour Party announce consultation for statutory youth provision UK Youth welcome the Labour Party’s announcement to establish a national body with protected funding for youth service provision across England if Labour wins the next election.    Alan Carr, Interim...

LGA: Give NCS cash to councils to fund year-round youth work

LGA: Give NCS cash to councils to fund year-round youth work Since 2010, spending by councils on services for young people has reduced by 40 per cent, cutting £260m from youth work budgets and resulting in the closure of 600 youth centres across England. The... August...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Good to see the impact work of @KineticYouthltd getting some valued coverage. Hard work always pays off. @Toni_kinetic @GessAird @iyw_tweets

Good to see the impact work of @KineticYouthltd getting some valued coverage. Hard work always pays off. @Toni_kinetic @GessAird @iyw_tweets Good to see the impact work of @KineticYouthltd getting some valued coverage. Hard work always pays off. @Toni_kinetic...

@derbyuniYWCD met with MP Pauline Latham to discuss the impact of Youth Work and the need for a cross party statutory Youth Service for all YP. Pauline agreed to become an Ambassador for the Youth Work degree at Derby. @DerbyUni @poppytea @DerbyUniVC @natyouthagency @iyw_tweetspic.twitter.com/NfbdiFGoQn

@derbyuniYWCD met with MP Pauline Latham to discuss the impact of Youth Work and the need for a cross party statutory Youth Service for all YP. Pauline agreed to become an Ambassador for the Youth Work degree at Derby. @DerbyUni @poppytea @DerbyUniVC @natyouthagency...

This is wonderful news! Capturing and hearing the voice of Young People in your brilliant and effective way should be acknowledged! Congratulations @derbyuniYWCD @poppytea @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets https://twitter.com/uhdbyouthwork/status/1026431972317519874 …

This is wonderful news! Capturing and hearing the voice of Young People in your brilliant and effective way should be acknowledged! Congratulations @derbyuniYWCD @poppytea @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets https://twitter.com/uhdbyouthwork/status/1026431972317519874 … This...

NYA Investment Call For Youth Workers https://nya.org.uk/2018/07/nya-investment-call-for-youth-workers/ … via @natyouthagency The University of Derby stands by the NYA and all other organisations who support the commitment to a much needed statutory Youth Servicefor ALL young people. @derbyuniYWCD @iyw_tweets @poppytea

NYA Investment Call For Youth Workers https://nya.org.uk/2018/07/nya-investment-call-for-youth-workers/ … via @natyouthagency The University of Derby stands by the NYA and all other organisations who support the commitment to a much needed statutory Youth Servicefor...

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/31/labour-vows-to-make-provision-of-youth-services-compulsory?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet …

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/31/labour-vows-to-make-provision-of-youth-services-compulsory?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet …...

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