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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

Youth Work: An Essential Service?

Across the country many of us are now planning how we gradually start to re-open youth provision for our young people. I can’t say we will be getting back to ‘business as usual’ as COVID-19 will be around for some time, and the impact of the virus on young people and...

Welcome to Ruth Richardson – IYW Development Officer

In November 2019 we set our to recruit our first paid member of staff to the IYW and we are able to announce now that Ruth Richardson was successful in being recruited to the position of Development Officer at the IYW. Hi, I am Ruth Richardson and I am the Development...

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...
Latest Policy & Youth Sector News

Youth Work: An Essential Service?

Across the country many of us are now planning how we gradually start to re-open youth provision for our young people. I can’t say we will be getting back to ‘business as usual’ as COVID-19 will be around for some time, and the impact of the virus on young people and...

CITIZENS ENQUIRY LAUNCHES 12th May 2020 Youth Work and Young People Now

What is our collective sense of what is going on for youth work in current circumstances? What are young people saying about how they are feeling? What challenges are youth workers and organisations facing? What are the potentials and possibilities? Janet Batsleer in...

Newhaven Youth Centre – A dedicated hub for youth work in Newhaven delivered by Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) and partners

After more than a decade of planning, consulting, designing and fundraising, Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) are proud to announce the completion of the build of a dedicated youth centre in Newhaven, East Sussex in April 2020. The only dedicated...

COVID-19 and the need for youth voices

COVID-19 and the need for youth voices UK Youth Voice Alumni member, Emily Fox blogs about the need for young people’s voices to be heard as the UK prepares for a new normal. Never have the voices of the UK’s young people been so critical, yet they are hugely at risk of not being heard. […]

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HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE YOUTH SECTOR IN THE COVID-19 CRISIS – AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT

HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE YOUTH SECTOR IN THE COVID-19 CRISIS – AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT 20.03.20 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dear Sir/Madam, It is not overstating the matter to unequivocally state that, without significant, coordinated and urgent action by the government in partnership with the youth sector, the impacts of this crisis will […]

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