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

Young people ‘central to government loneliness strategy’

Young people 'central to government loneliness strategy' Plans to launch a loneliness strategy, which is being led by youth minister Tracey Crouch who is the ministerial lead for loneliness, were first announced in January amid concerns that increasing numbers... June...

NCS found to account for 95 per cent of government youth service spend

NCS found to account for 95 per cent of government youth service spend Statistics provided by youth minister Tracey Crouch in response to a question from Labour MP Cat Smith show that in the four years from 2014/15 to 2017/18, the Office for Civil Society spent...

Generation Code nominated for Tech4Good Awards

Generation Code nominated for Tech4Good Awards Generation Code has been announced as a finalist for this years Tech4Good Awards. In partnership with Microsoft, our Generation Code programme provides coding opportunities to young people aged 11-19 years old. The...

Victims to help develop £2.1m national child exploitation programme

Victims to help develop £2.1m national child exploitation programme The three-year £2.1m project, which is led by The Children's Society, will see multi-disciplinary teams established in Greater Manchester, London and the West Midlands, to support young people who...

New programme supports young refugees in Bristol into employment

New programme supports young refugees in Bristol into employment During Refugee Week, we have reinvigorated our Youth Action employability programme to better support the needs of young refugees in Bristol. The programme, funded by Starbucks and delivered in...

Undiscovered Potential – Why Employers Need to Rethink Refugees

Undiscovered Potential – Why Employers Need to Rethink Refugees This blog has been written by Julia Palmer at ACH. You can find out more about the Youth Action programme here. Three quarters of businesses expect to increase the number of high-skilled roles over the...

Our Civil Society Strategy

Our Civil Society Strategy Ahead of our submission to the civil society strategy constultation, we held workshops with our members and young people. Here’s what Eloise Mei & Elizabeth Holloway from Young Gloucestershire had to say about their experience. Arrival and...

We must not forget young carers during Carers Week

We must not forget young carers during Carers Week This blog was written by Jill Baines, CEO of Andover Young Carers. Andover Young Carers are a UK Youth member.  Carers Week is the perfect time to highlight the challenges faced by young carers within our society. ...

Fundraising for an inclusive stand up paddleboard

Fundraising for an inclusive stand up paddleboard We’re a group of UK Youth Level 2 activity instructor apprentices here at Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest. We’ve set up an appeal to fund an inclusive stand up paddleboard. This will enable us to make the centre’s new...

Labour MP makes legislative bid for statutory youth services

Labour MP makes legislative bid for statutory youth services Lloyd Russell-Moyle introduced the Ten Minute Rule Bill calling on the government to promote and secure youth services and to establish local youth service partnerships. The member of parliament for... June...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Very proud to have our IYW Chair elected to the Board of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations this afternoon. Now part of planning a global #youthwork conference in Malta this November! Will keep you posted 🙂

Very proud to have our IYW Chair elected to the Board of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations this afternoon. Now part of planning a global #youthwork conference in Malta this November! Will keep you posted 🙂 Very proud to have our IYW Chair elected...

The clock is very much ticking if you’ve yet to contribute your experiences, thoughts, recommendations, wishes or advice to the @YouthAPPG Inquiry into the Role and Sufficiency of Youth Work! @bycLIVE @YMCAEng_Wales https://nya.org.uk/appg-inquiry/ pic.twitter.com/Msf9X17MOr

The clock is very much ticking if you've yet to contribute your experiences, thoughts, recommendations, wishes or advice to the @YouthAPPG Inquiry into the Role and Sufficiency of Youth Work! @bycLIVE @YMCAEng_Wales...

We were pleased to receive a welcome message from @CatSmithMP in recognition of our Policy & Practice Seminar: ‘Creating Spaces for Collaboration in Youth and Community Work’ @leedsbeckett University. Follow the news stream @TAGPALYCW #ycwseminars as we break for lunchpic.twitter.com/HGycH2mBeT

We were pleased to receive a welcome message from @CatSmithMP in recognition of our Policy & Practice Seminar: 'Creating Spaces for Collaboration in Youth and Community Work' @leedsbeckett University. Follow the news stream @TAGPALYCW #ycwseminars as we break for...

Amanda Fearn from NYA presenting their overview and response to the youth work debate @TAGPALYCW #YCWseminars @BradfordCollegepic.twitter.com/R0xuTDHv6p

Amanda Fearn from NYA presenting their overview and response to the youth work debate @TAGPALYCW #YCWseminars @BradfordCollegepic.twitter.com/R0xuTDHv6p Amanda Fearn from NYA presenting their overview and response to the youth work debate @TAGPALYCW #YCWseminars...

Huge thanks to @ash_pravah from @YouthCommutiny and @Pravah01 for sharing this #youthwork book ‘Ocean in a drop’ here at the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations conference in Sri Lanka. So much learning to share!pic.twitter.com/vOTc4Utgtj

Huge thanks to @ash_pravah from @YouthCommutiny and @Pravah01 for sharing this #youthwork book 'Ocean in a drop' here at the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations conference in Sri Lanka. So much learning to share!pic.twitter.com/vOTc4Utgtj Huge thanks to...
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