EVENTS – YOUTH WORK POLICY
Back in November at our Politics and Ethics event in Birmingham we suggested to the NYA and the fledgling Institute for Youth Work [IYW] that it would be beneficial to open up the debate about the IYW Code of Ethics to all interested parties. As things stood you had to sign up to the code and join the IYW before being allowed to enter the discussion. This seemed counter-productive. Unfortunately nothing has changed in the interim. Evidently there is to be a two day event on the 26th and 27th of February publicised under the heading, ‘get involved in revisiting our code of ethics’. However details are apparently only available to IYW members as access to information on the web site is restricted. Evidently recruitment to the IYW is proving sluggish. Against this background we remain perplexed at the premature creation of an IYW ‘closed shop’. Throughout our involvement with the IYW process we have argued consistently for the widest debate about its purpose and character. Whatever stance you take up, confining discussion doesn’t seem to make sense.