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

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...

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 Policy & Youth Sector News

Boost youth employment initiatives to tackle knife crime, charities claim

Boost youth employment initiatives to tackle knife crime, charities claim While policing is an important tool, say the group of charities, it is targeted youth initiatives, particularly those that steer young people into work, that are "critical" to addressing the...

Spring Statement, March 2019

Spring Statement, March 2019 In another busy week in Parliament, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement. We’ve provided a summary below of the key headlines relating to young people. Headlines affecting young people: Hammond says the government will...

Money For Life Awards 2019: The Finalists

Money For Life Awards 2019: The Finalists The Money for Life Awards is back, and this time bigger and better! For the third and final year, Money for Life and partner Lloyds Banking Group will come together on the 21st March to celebrate the amazing achievements of...

Council leaders slam £10m NCS rebrand

Council leaders slam £10m NCS rebrand The National Citizen Service (NCS) is looking for a creative agency to carry out the rebrand on a contract worth between £4m and £10m over the next two years. But the Local Government Association has... March 15, 20196:49 pm by...

Ofsted urges support for schools to fight knife crime

Ofsted urges support for schools to fight knife crime After consulting with an expert panel including youth workers, the education watchdog said settings "need guidance about what works" to iron out inconsistencies in approach. Safeguarding Children and... March 14,...
Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

ONE DAY TO APPLY Northumberland Youth Service are recruiting Youth Support Workers to join our team delivering high quality youth provision to young people in South East Northumberland. Full details and how to apply before 20/3 here >> http://bit.ly/NCCYouthSupportWorker … <<pic.twitter.com/Wm3eyjyhuN

ONE DAY TO APPLY Northumberland Youth Service are recruiting Youth Support Workers to join our team delivering high quality youth provision to young people in South East Northumberland. Full details and how to apply before 20/3 here >>...

Watch our Chair @youthworkable discuss our annual conference and his #youthwork journey in this great little video by @ILoveYouthWork https://www.facebook.com/iloveyouthwork/videos/2103880633052729/ …

Watch our Chair @youthworkable discuss our annual conference and his #youthwork journey in this great little video by @ILoveYouthWork https://www.facebook.com/iloveyouthwork/videos/2103880633052729/ … Watch our Chair @youthworkable discuss our annual conference and...

@CumbriaUni #youthwork students will be LIVE on this Twitter feed 4pm today!! Present and discussion on #youthwork #informaleducation @indefenceyw @iyw_tweets @natyouthagency @AllianceWork please & RT #keepingitrealpic.twitter.com/rxH4c4Ts9x

@CumbriaUni #youthwork students will be LIVE on this Twitter feed 4pm today!! Present and discussion on #youthwork #informaleducation @indefenceyw @iyw_tweets @natyouthagency @AllianceWork please & RT #keepingitrealpic.twitter.com/rxH4c4Ts9x @CumbriaUni #youthwork...

Hi, I’m Adam Muirhead from the @iyw_tweets, catch me on the @ILoveYouthWork show! https://twitter.com/ILoveYouthWork/status/1106544024234672128 …

Hi, I'm Adam Muirhead from the @iyw_tweets, catch me on the @ILoveYouthWork show! https://twitter.com/ILoveYouthWork/status/1106544024234672128 … Hi, I'm Adam Muirhead from the @iyw_tweets, catch me on the @ILoveYouthWork show!...

Off to London today to continue consultation on the National Register for Youth Workers on behalf of CYWC/CTE with @iyw_tweets @natyouthagency and other members of the JNC. Still time to let me know your thoughts.

Off to London today to continue consultation on the National Register for Youth Workers on behalf of CYWC/CTE with @iyw_tweets @natyouthagency and other members of the JNC. Still time to let me know your thoughts. Off to London today to continue consultation on the...

Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations