The IDYW ‘cornerstones’ of youth work

Youth work:

  • takes place in open-access facilities and settings in which young people choose to be involved;
  • offers informal educational opportunities starting from young people’s concerns and interests;
  • works with and through their peer networks and wider shared identities, recognising the significance of class, gender, race, sexuality, disability and faith in shaping their choices and opportunities;
  • gives value and attention to their here-and-now as well as to their ‘transitions’;
  • seeks to tip balances of power in young people’s favour;
  • seeks to develop mutually respectful and trusting personal relationships amongst young people and between young person and adult;
  • recognises the significance of the workers themselves, their room for autonomy and their ability to fashion an improvised yet rehearsed practice.