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

A Register for Youth Workers

The APPG on Youth Affairs Youth Work Inquiry has highlighted the need for Youth Worker registration in the final report, published yesterday (4.4.19). The fifth recommendation in the inquiry report on workforce strategy, states that: “To be effective, a register of...

Tracey Spear, who sadly passed away on the 17 th January 2019.

Tracey Spear joined the IYW Council towards the end of 2016 with a clear mission to fight for youth work at a national and strategic level. In the time since, she became known to the rest of the IYW Council as someone with a tenacious and formidable nature and someone...

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...
Latest Policy & Youth Sector News

Corbyn pledges ‘compulsory’ youth services

Corbyn pledges 'compulsory' youth services In a major speech on his priorities, Corbyn said a future Labour government would make it compulsory for local authorities to deliver youth services. The Labour leader said cuts to public sector spending... August 19,...

Government announces money for new youth zone

Government announces money for new youth zone The government has said a further £4m will be provided as part of its "Town Deal", taking the total investment in the town to £88m. The extra money will allow North East Lincolnshire Council to work... August 16, 20192:08...

Youth work training figures reveal record lows

Youth work training figures reveal record lows The proportion of higher educational institutions offering training programmes in the sector nationally declined in 2017/18 and there were just 41 programmes on offer in England, the National Youth Agency... August 14,...

National Citizen Service provider vows to continue work following split

National Citizen Service provider vows to continue work following split The Challenge had been helping to deliver the government-backed programme for 16- and 17-year-olds in London, the South East and the West Midlands. However, the NCS Trust announced that it will...

Summer initiative targets youth violence

Summer initiative targets youth violence Amplified, a joint scheme formed by organisations including The Prince's Trust, Scouts, UK Youth, Redthread and StreetDoctors, is offering activities from kayaking to dance. It is also intended to provide... August 14, 20191:21...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

A really great film – worth a watch! https://twitter.com/indefenceyw/status/1159821678769295360 …

A really great film - worth a watch! https://twitter.com/indefenceyw/status/1159821678769295360 … A really great film - worth a watch! https://twitter.com/indefenceyw/status/1159821678769295360 … August 10, 20193:05 pm by (@iyw_tweets)...

Book early to avoid missing out! https://twitter.com/YouthImpactUK/status/1159388239431634944 …

Book early to avoid missing out! https://twitter.com/YouthImpactUK/status/1159388239431634944 … Book early to avoid missing out! https://twitter.com/YouthImpactUK/status/1159388239431634944 … August 8, 20195:01 pm by (@iyw_tweets)...

So great to have worked with this amazing team of youthworkers today ensuring teens at #BrightonPride2019 were having fun safely. And lovely for @Woodingdean_Dee to drop by too! @TrustDevCom @HKP_Infopic.twitter.com/5WbmDrGzGg

So great to have worked with this amazing team of youthworkers today ensuring teens at #BrightonPride2019 were having fun safely. And lovely for @Woodingdean_Dee to drop by too! @TrustDevCom @HKP_Infopic.twitter.com/5WbmDrGzGg So great to have worked with this amazing...

It’s always a privilege to attend @bycLIVE @ukyp annual conference to hear motions debated by MYPs. Impassioned debates on a diverse range of issues in the Big Debate. There is much we (as older people) can learn by the civilised and informed nature of debate #UKYP19pic.twitter.com/dNyYyhvvZj

It's always a privilege to attend @bycLIVE @ukyp annual conference to hear motions debated by MYPs. Impassioned debates on a diverse range of issues in the Big Debate. There is much we (as older people) can learn by the civilised and informed nature of debate...

Delighted that sales of my book “Keeping Them Off The Streets” are going well…almost half the initial print run already sold!Grateful thanks to readers and supporters of youth work everywhere. Keeping the youth work flame alive#youthworkpic.twitter.com/bRWzyGxAUV

Delighted that sales of my book “Keeping Them Off The Streets” are going well...almost half the initial print run already sold!Grateful thanks to readers and supporters of youth work everywhere. Keeping the youth work flame alive#youthworkpic.twitter.com/bRWzyGxAUV...

Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations