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 Spending Round announcement – September 2019

Sajid Javid visiting an Onside Youth Zone in May 2019 The IYW welcomes the Government’s announcement in this year’s Spending Round, notionally investing in young people and Youth & Community work.  Truly, it is heartening that the Chancellor, Sajid Javid, is...

Parliamentary debate on ‘The Role and Sufficiency of Youth Services’

On the 24th July 2019, the Government held a debate in the House of Commons responding to the publication of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs enquiry into Youth Work.  The debate included confirmation of a £500k training bursary intended to support...

Impact versus youth work – Making the impossible work for us

Leading a youth work organisation over the past eight years has been both exciting and exhausting, but always it has remained our biggest accomplishment to date. During a period where nationally youth work has seen decimation to the sector beyond all fears, Kinetic...

The DCMS are reviewing the statutory guidance for Local Authorities on Youth Service provision (as it relates to England)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (and current home to Youth Work in Government) has launched a review of the guidance for local authorities of the thin piece of statute related to the provision of Youth Services as set out in Section 507b of...

New Civil Society Minister takes up the brief for Youth (Work)

At the end of July the incoming Prime Minster appointed a ne Cabinet which saw Baroness Diana Barran, a Conservative Life Peer, charity campaigner and former hedge fund manager take over from Mims Davies MP as the holder of the Youth brief as it sits within the DCMS....
Latest Policy & Youth Sector News

Boost to female empowerment: UK Youth’s EmpowHER programme extended

Boost to female empowerment: UK Youth’s EmpowHER programme extended UK Youth are delighted to announce extension funding for their EmpowHER programme has been granted by joint funders Spirit of 2012 and the #iwill Fund. The new funding of £600,000 is in addition to the initial £1.8 million grant. The extension funding will allow UK Youth […]

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Young women are marking the anniversary of suffrage with new ideas of their own

Young women are marking the anniversary of suffrage with new ideas of their own Last year marked an important democratic milestone – 100 years since some women in the UK were given the right to vote. Aiming to capture the spirit of equality and rights for women, UK...

New approaches for research into serious violence against young people

New approaches for research into serious violence against young people Serious violence against young people has sadly become a regular feature in the news cycle. According to ONS figures, police-recorded knife crime increased by 71% between 2014 and 2018, and the...

NYA launches youth work bursary fund

NYA launches youth work bursary fund Up to 450 bursaries at NVQ Levels 2 and 3 are expected to be awarded in the first year of the fund, as part of the NYA’s national initiative to help grow the workforce. Placements will be co-ordinated… November 11, 20193:46 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007329/nya-launches-youth-work-bursary-fund Powered by WPeMatico

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MoJ confirms delay to secure school opening

MoJ confirms delay to secure school opening The pilot project, which will be established on the site of Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) in Kent, had been due to launch in autumn 2020. But the Ministry of Justice has told CYP Now that due… November 8, 201911:31 am by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007323/moj-confirms-delay-to-secure-school-opening Powered by WPeMatico

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Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

New Job Alert: UTRUK Trustee’s https://iyw.org.uk/?p=219879 

New Job Alert: UTRUK Trustee’s https://iyw.org.uk/?p=219879  New Job Alert: UTRUK Trustee’s https://iyw.org.uk/?p=219879  January 14, 20203:44 pm by (@iyw_tweets) https://twitter.com/iyw_tweets/status/1217106662592516097 Powered by WPeMatico

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More free Youthwork training places contact us for applications @YouthFocusWM @natyouthagency @iyw_tweetspic.twitter.com/au5n0zEHMx

More free Youthwork training places contact us for applications @YouthFocusWM @natyouthagency @iyw_tweetspic.twitter.com/au5n0zEHMx More free Youthwork training places contact us for applications @YouthFocusWM @natyouthagency @iyw_tweets pic.twitter.com/au5n0zEHMx January 14, 20203:44 pm by (@AtkinLouise) https://twitter.com/AtkinLouise/status/1216990483890786305 Powered by WPeMatico

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Working with young people to transform their lives is both rewarding and challenging. Youth workers are there through it all – and NYA Academy is here to support you too. We’ll help you to help them with the latest skills, training and resources: https://nya.org.uk/youth-work-academy/ …

Working with young people to transform their lives is both rewarding and challenging. Youth workers are there through it all – and NYA Academy is here to support you too. We’ll help you to help them with the latest skills, training and resources: https://nya.org.uk/youth-work-academy/ … Working with young people to transform their lives is both rewarding […]

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IYW Chair, Adam Muirhead will be representing the IYW membership and wider youth sector at the Commonwealth Youth Senior Officials’ Meeting today and tomorrow. #youthwork #internationalprofessionpic.twitter.com/yCQvJ8E4IY

IYW Chair, Adam Muirhead will be representing the IYW membership and wider youth sector at the Commonwealth Youth Senior Officials’ Meeting today and tomorrow. #youthwork #internationalprofessionpic.twitter.com/yCQvJ8E4IY IYW Chair, Adam Muirhead will be representing the IYW membership and wider youth sector at the Commonwealth Youth Senior Officials’ Meeting today and tomorrow. #youthwork #internationalprofession pic.twitter.com/yCQvJ8E4IY January 13, […]

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I’m never too keen on the language of intervention. But I like this. Young people have told us in our research that brief chats or small acts of kindness – moments the youth worker may not even remember – can make a huge positive difference in their lives. https://twitter.com/smyccreggan/status/1216152636484915200 …

I’m never too keen on the language of intervention. But I like this. Young people have told us in our research that brief chats or small acts of kindness – moments the youth worker may not even remember – can make a huge positive difference in their lives. https://twitter.com/smyccreggan/status/1216152636484915200 … I’m never too keen on the […]

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Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations