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

Merits of Labour youth plans

Merits of Labour youth plans A Labour government giveth, and a Conservative government - either standing alone or as part of a coalition - taketh away. Such is the fate of youth services over nearly 60 years of its government-funded... June 25, 20195:32 pm by...

Councils warn over ‘inadequate and unsustainable’ funding to tackle homelessness

Councils warn over 'inadequate and unsustainable' funding to tackle homelessness The concerns have been raised by the Local Government Homelessness Commission (LGHC), which has published its first assessment of how councils are fulfilling their obligation to prevent...

Changes to post-16 qualifications ‘risk to disadvantaged young people’

Changes to post-16 qualifications 'risk to disadvantaged young people' The Department for Education is consulting on proposals to make A levels and T levels the "options of choice" for young people undertaking level 3 classroom study, claiming that the moves "will...

Let’s Talk Loneliness

Let’s Talk Loneliness Here at UK Youth we recognise that youth organisations are ideally placed to support young people who feel lonely.  From providing safe spaces that foster a sense of belonging for young people, to supporting positive relationships with other...

Council invests £1.4m in youth service to combat austerity

Council invests £1.4m in youth service to combat austerity The funding boost will be used to create 33 new youth work roles and to increase provision through expansion of the borough's four existing youth zones. Data published by the Green Party last year revealed......
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

Remember when youth centres were for ALL children and had youth and community workers in them? Safe spaces to learn how to be positive members of society, socialise with peers and learn life skills. Targeted provision is late intervention. Much too late. #YouthWorks @iyw_tweets https://twitter.com/marshadecordova/status/1143137952190648320 …

Remember when youth centres were for ALL children and had youth and community workers in them? Safe spaces to learn how to be positive members of society, socialise with peers and learn life skills. Targeted provision is late intervention. Much too late. #YouthWorks...

The first @natyouthagency Roadshow dates are approaching. Book your tickets now!!! https://nya.org.uk/nya-roadshow-2019/ …pic.twitter.com/v8SxDDwlL8

The first @natyouthagency Roadshow dates are approaching. Book your tickets now!!! https://nya.org.uk/nya-roadshow-2019/ …pic.twitter.com/v8SxDDwlL8 The first @natyouthagency Roadshow dates are approaching. Book your tickets now!!!...

I know young people have solutions for & can significantly contribute to the reduction of violence. This has been exemplified by @TakeBackTPower yesterday who shared their research report #CallToAction supported by @the_winch. It’s learning for @YouthViolenceUK & #YVCFinalReport.pic.twitter.com/7zJsuIPkiK

I know young people have solutions for & can significantly contribute to the reduction of violence. This has been exemplified by @TakeBackTPower yesterday who shared their research report #CallToAction supported by @the_winch. It’s learning for @YouthViolenceUK &...

“It’s clear that a massive impact has been made” (from Council HRA #YouthWork funding) & “it represents extremely good value for money for Council tenants” – Cllr Gibson at @BHHousing Committee. Well done presenting team from @HKP_Info @JoMartindale #YouthWorkWorkspic.twitter.com/gdvj8LHzWw

"It's clear that a massive impact has been made" (from Council HRA #YouthWork funding) & "it represents extremely good value for money for Council tenants" - Cllr Gibson at @BHHousing Committee. Well done presenting team from @HKP_Info @JoMartindale...

Well done young people of Brighton & Hove! https://twitter.com/BHDemocracyNews/status/1141421633586024448 …

Well done young people of Brighton & Hove! https://twitter.com/BHDemocracyNews/status/1141421633586024448 … Well done young people of Brighton & Hove! https://twitter.com/BHDemocracyNews/status/1141421633586024448 … June 20, 20194:18 pm by (@iyw_tweets)...

Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations