About Us

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.

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Volunteer membership: Anyone whose only work with young people is in an unpaid capacity

Student membership: Anyone who is studying on a professionally qualifying youth work Degree/Masters course or Apprenticeship

Certified membership: Anyone who has gained their professional qualification in Youth Work as accredited by the National Youth Agency (and linked to JNC Terms and Conditions). AKA “JNC qualified”

Member membership: Anyone who does not sit neatly into one of the above membership categories. For example, a paid Youth Worker who is not studying for their professional qualification; or a (non-Youth Work qualified) academic whose interest is in Youth Work.