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

Youth groups receive £2.6m funding from London mayor

Youth groups receive £2.6m funding from London mayor The funding forms the third investment for youth projects made available through the mayor's £45m Young Londoners Fund, after previous rounds of investment in May and June. It is estimated that around... September...

Youth sector organisations announce merger

Youth sector organisations announce merger The Centre for Youth Impact, which aims to help youth organisations improve their effectiveness, has taken over Project Oracle, a training and validation provider for organisations working with children... September 20,...

Girls ‘reluctant to become leaders’ due to negative media coverage 

Girls 'reluctant to become leaders' due to negative media coverage  An annual survey by Girlguiding of around 1,900 girls and young women aged seven to 21 found that among the group aged 11 to 21, only 53 per cent said they wanted to be a leader in their chosen job,...

London to adopt public health approach to tackle serious violence

London to adopt public health approach to tackle serious violence A total of £500,000 has been set aside to fund the unit, which will aim to deliver early interventions to help prevent the spread of violence and improve co-ordination between the Metropolitan...

Young people distribute £180,000 to youth projects

Young people distribute £180,000 to youth projects A panel of 13 young people selected 11 projects to receive funding after a series of interviews involving 21 shortlisted bids for Jack Petchey Foundation grants. The funding has been handed out to mark... September...

UK Youth Awards 2018: Why to apply

UK Youth Awards 2018: Why to apply To celebrate the return of the UK Youth Awards, we hear from Bolton Lads and Girls Club, who were named Youth Organisation of the Year at our last awards. The UK Youth Awards are a glorious opportunity for hardworking youth workers,...

How to reach your fundraising target with UK Youth

How to reach your fundraising target with UK Youth Running the London Marathon for a charity may feel daunting – and we’re not even talking about the 26 miles! Alongside the challenge of completing the race, there’s the task of meeting the fundraising pledge. To help...

We need to champion all types of youth work

We need to champion all types of youth work This week a new £5 million fund was announced by DCMS – its goal; to increase the reach of uniformed groups with young people from deprived areas.  We are always excited when youth work gets new funding as we understand its...

Uniformed youth groups to expand with £5m funding boost

Uniformed youth groups to expand with £5m funding boost The money, from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will be managed and distributed by the Youth United Foundation, to support expansion of police cadets, Scouts, Guides and faith-based......

Youth violence: Labour MP calls for action on ‘dangerous’ drill videos

Youth violence: Labour MP calls for action on 'dangerous' drill videos Lyn Brown, Labour's shadow treasury minister who represents the West Ham constituency, where nine teenagers and young adults have lost their lives to violent crime since 2017, said youth violence...

Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Tagged as both ‘wise’ and ‘wild’ in the same keynote! Great to connect with kindred spirits! @AllPam @youthworkPG @NaiThomps @iyw_tweets @wearcyw @CommunityUws @UWSeducation @CLD_UoD @SineadGormally @chainuptheswing @GrahamBrightYSJ https://twitter.com/AllPam/status/1043098942546866177 …

Tagged as both 'wise' and 'wild' in the same keynote! Great to connect with kindred spirits! @AllPam @youthworkPG @NaiThomps @iyw_tweets @wearcyw @CommunityUws @UWSeducation @CLD_UoD @SineadGormally @chainuptheswing @GrahamBrightYSJ...

International Seminar on how we teach youth work at University level listening to key note speakers: Annette Coburn, Adam Muirhead and Mick Conroy #youthworkmatters #newmanuniversity #ukperspectivepic.twitter.com/ccZ5ZulJWi

International Seminar on how we teach youth work at University level listening to key note speakers: Annette Coburn, Adam Muirhead and Mick Conroy #youthworkmatters #newmanuniversity #ukperspectivepic.twitter.com/ccZ5ZulJWi International Seminar on how we teach youth...

Bernard Davies asking the plenary if English HE Youth Work courses are prepared for the ‘Tide to Turn’ and for open access provision to flourish again @youthworkPG @youthworkable @iyw_tweets @indefenceywpic.twitter.com/bjAunNhBOB

Bernard Davies asking the plenary if English HE Youth Work courses are prepared for the 'Tide to Turn' and for open access provision to flourish again @youthworkPG @youthworkable @iyw_tweets @indefenceywpic.twitter.com/bjAunNhBOB Bernard Davies asking the plenary if...

Contribute to the LP consultation, ‘Building a Statutory Youth Service’. https://indefenceofyouthwork.com/2018/08/14/contribute-to-the-labour-party-consultation-building-a-statutory-youth-service/ …

Contribute to the LP consultation, 'Building a Statutory Youth Service'. https://indefenceofyouthwork.com/2018/08/14/contribute-to-the-labour-party-consultation-building-a-statutory-youth-service/ … Contribute to the LP consultation, 'Building a Statutory Youth...

How do we teach for the inter-professional? Mick Conway @Newman_Unipic.twitter.com/Y97ViYP4nd

How do we teach for the inter-professional? Mick Conway @Newman_Unipic.twitter.com/Y97ViYP4nd How do we teach for the inter-professional? Mick Conway @Newman_Uni pic.twitter.com/Y97ViYP4nd September 21, 201812:37 pm by (@iyw_tweets)...

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