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

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 today should be asking themselves, not what they want to do, but what they want to solve

Young people today should be asking themselves, not what they want to do, but what they want to solve By Rachel Toogood, Project Manager at UK Youth.  Providing computer science opportunities within the youth sector According to the Government, an estimated 1.2...

UK Youth at the Commonwealth Youth Forum

UK Youth at the Commonwealth Youth Forum By Hannah Graham, Policy and Youth Engagement Manager at UK Youth.  Delegates from all around the Commonwealth gathered last week in the Queen Elizabeth II centre, Westminster. They were there for the official opening of the...

Labour to consult on creation of statutory youth service

Labour to consult on creation of statutory youth service The party has announced that it will carry out a consultation on the implementation of a statutory youth service as part of efforts to ensure young people in every local authority have access to youth... April...

ADCS calls for wider children’s workforce development

ADCS calls for wider children's workforce development In his inaugural presidential address, Stuart Gallimore said seeking wider workforce development would be one of his main priorities during his year-long term, which began at the start of April. "Over... April 20,...

Peers praise NCS success at attracting disadvantaged young people

Peers praise NCS success at attracting disadvantaged young people A report by the House of Lords select committee on citizenship and civic engagement found that the government's flagship youth participation scheme, for 15- to 17-year-olds, compares well against...

Why we celebrated the success of young people at the Money for Life Awards

Why we celebrated the success of young people at the Money for Life Awards By Jessica Lee, Project Manager at UK Youth.  On Wednesday 11th April, UK Youth brought together young people, youth workers, representatives from the financial sector. The Money for Life...

Youth homelessness rise linked to welfare reforms, report finds

Youth homelessness rise linked to welfare reforms, report finds The Young and Homeless 2018 report by homelessness services membership body Homeless Link, includes a survey of nearly 200 providers and council representatives. Among homelessness providers, 55 per......

I’m amplifying my voice this #WorldVoiceDay

I’m amplifying my voice this #WorldVoiceDay This post was written by Emily Fox, Representative for the East of England on UK Youth Voice. You can read more blogs from UK Youth Voice by clicking here and follow them on twitter @UKYV. Happy World Voice Day! This day is...

Youth charity launches wellbeing drive

Youth charity launches wellbeing drive The Youth Sport Trust said it wants to use the power of sport, PE and physical activity to halt the decline in children's physical, mental and social wellbeing. The charity, which has helped more than... April 13, 201812:32 pm by...

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...

Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Write up and photos from yesterday’s @ChooseYouth parliamentary round table on the creation of a statutory youth service in England https://newweb.iyw.org.uk/choose-youth-parliamentary-roundtable/ …

Write up and photos from yesterday's @ChooseYouth parliamentary round table on the creation of a statutory youth service in England https://newweb.iyw.org.uk/choose-youth-parliamentary-roundtable/ … Write up and photos from yesterday's @ChooseYouth parliamentary round...

Please put this date in the diary and line up some social media noise! https://twitter.com/ChooseYouth/status/988468172822106115 …

Please put this date in the diary and line up some social media noise! https://twitter.com/ChooseYouth/status/988468172822106115 … Please put this date in the diary and line up some social media noise! https://twitter.com/ChooseYouth/status/988468172822106115 … April...

Thanks for supporting the cause so passionately @youthworkable #chooseyouthpic.twitter.com/cN68bJlmx1

Thanks for supporting the cause so passionately @youthworkable #chooseyouthpic.twitter.com/cN68bJlmx1 Thanks for supporting the cause so passionately @youthworkable #chooseyouth pic.twitter.com/cN68bJlmx1 April 24, 20189:19 am by (@ChooseYouth)...

Labour to consult on creation of statutory youth service | Children & Young People Now https://shar.es/1LV1AB  A BIG day for Professional Youth Work! It’s time to rise up from being seldom heard. Be the voice for CHANGE; for all the Young People – EVERYWHERE!

Labour to consult on creation of statutory youth service | Children & Young People Now https://shar.es/1LV1AB  A BIG day for Professional Youth Work! It's time to rise up from being seldom heard. Be the voice for CHANGE; for all the Young People - EVERYWHERE! Labour...

Exciting news here, We’re keen to see how the responses to the Civil Society strategy cross over with the results of this consultation. We look forward to representing the sector as it’s national body! https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005178/labour-to-consult-on-creation-of-statutory-youth-service …

Exciting news here, We're keen to see how the responses to the Civil Society strategy cross over with the results of this consultation. We look forward to representing the sector as it's national body!...
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