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

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...

The DCMS are reviewing the statutory guidance for Local Authorities on Youth Service provision (as it relates to England)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (and current home to Youth Work in Government) has launched a review of the guidance for local authorities of the thin piece of statute related to the provision of Youth Services as set out in Section 507b of...

New Civil Society Minister takes up the brief for Youth (Work)

At the end of July the incoming Prime Minster appointed a ne Cabinet which saw Baroness Diana Barran, a Conservative Life Peer, charity campaigner and former hedge fund manager take over from Mims Davies MP as the holder of the Youth brief as it sits within the DCMS....
Latest Policy & Youth Sector News

Charity launches legal action over NCS dispute

Charity launches legal action over NCS dispute The Challenge has brought the legal action after its contract to deliver the government-backed programme for 16- and 17-year olds in London, the South East and the West Midlands was not renewed earlier… October 15, 20191:21 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007232/charity-launches-legal-action-over-ncs-dispute Powered by WPeMatico

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Youth offending schemes share multi-million pound fund

Youth offending schemes share multi-million pound fund In the first grant award round of the £200m Home Office-funded Youth Endowment Fund, the winning schemes range from intensive family therapy to street-based and school mentoring programmes. Some 30,000… October 10, 20193:33 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007224/youth-offending-schemes-share-multi-million-pound-fund Powered by WPeMatico

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Youth services ‘decimated by £1bn’ of cuts

Youth services ‘decimated by £1bn’ of cuts The party’s analysis of Department of Education figures on government spending reveals an “alarming scale” of cuts which it says have resulted in the loss of thousands of youth work jobs and hundreds of… October 8, 20193:33 pm by https://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2007218/youth-services-decimated-by-gbp1bn-of-cuts Powered by WPeMatico

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Comment on Leading a national network to tackle youth loneliness by Working with our partners to help the youth sector beat loneliness – The Co-op Foundation

Comment on Leading a national network to tackle youth loneliness by Working with our partners to help the youth sector beat loneliness – The Co-op Foundation […] Youth will lead the newly-launched Belong Collective. This will take our work to share learning and best practice about youth loneliness to the next […] October 7, 20195:32 […]

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Comment on Behind the scenes of our EmpowHER programme by Improving well-being through #EmpowHER | UK Youth

Comment on Behind the scenes of our EmpowHER programme by Improving well-being through #EmpowHER | UK Youth […] To find out more about the EmpowHER programme, click here. […] October 7, 20195:32 pm{authorlink} Powered by WPeMatico

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Latest from IYW Facebook & Twitter

The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment pic.twitter.com/kRuDXpmQ0F

The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment pic.twitter.com/kRuDXpmQ0F The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment  pic.twitter.com/kRuDXpmQ0F October 18, 201910:44 am by (@iyw_tweets) […]

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The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment pic.twitter.com/vN7oabCCoc

The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment pic.twitter.com/vN7oabCCoc The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment  pic.twitter.com/vN7oabCCoc October 17, 20195:23 pm by (@iyw_tweets) […]

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The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment pic.twitter.com/SwnXutAOsC

The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment pic.twitter.com/SwnXutAOsC The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment  pic.twitter.com/SwnXutAOsC October 16, 201910:55 am by (@iyw_tweets) […]

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The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment pic.twitter.com/4DYtXtX5LH

The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment pic.twitter.com/4DYtXtX5LH The Institute for Youth Work are recruiting! IYW Development Officer £32,000 pa (pro rata) – 2 year fixed-term For more information please visit https://iyw.org.uk/recruitment  pic.twitter.com/4DYtXtX5LH October 15, 20193:19 pm by (@iyw_tweets) […]

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In recognition of Allied Healthcare Professionals Day #AHPsDay, the IYW is launching our ‘NHS Youth Worker Offer’. We are aware of the amazing work carried out by ‘Youth Workers’ in a wide range of health care roles, with children & young people whilst under going treatment. TYpic.twitter.com/DV8jnFUxB3

In recognition of Allied Healthcare Professionals Day #AHPsDay, the IYW is launching our ‘NHS Youth Worker Offer’. We are aware of the amazing work carried out by ‘Youth Workers’ in a wide range of health care roles, with children & young people whilst under going treatment. TYpic.twitter.com/DV8jnFUxB3 In recognition of Allied Healthcare Professionals Day #AHPsDay, […]

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Directorate Member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Work Associations