Sector Associates

The Association fosters working relationships across and on behalf of our membership with agencies that have allied interests in youth and community work education, research and professional practice.


An officer or secretariat member (see the Secretariat page for details) will usually act as a linked representative between the Association and our Sector Associates. This typically involves member attendance at key events, committees and/or conferences held by Sector Associates and members will report to the secretariat on the activity of Sector Associates, circulating relevant bulletins and advocating for associated events. Some Association members will also be active members of Sector Associates, and vice-versa. We welcome new Sector Associates and any new interest can be submitted through the Membership Enquiry Form on the Membership page or by emailing

National Youth Agency

The National Youth Agency is a youth work charity in England with lead responsibility for JNC professional validation of youth and community work awards and the professional recognition of youth workers. We believe that now more than ever young people need youth workers. Youth workers dedicate their time and expertise to helping young people in their personal and social development, equipping them with the practical skills they need to be resilient in challenging times, and positive contributors to future economic growth. We work to support youth workers in doing what they do, more effectively.

National Council for Voluntary Youth Services

The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) is the leading representative body for voluntary and community youth organisations working with or on behalf of young people in England. NCVYS supports a diverse network of members, including regional and local networks. NCVYS has been working since 1936 to raise the profile of youth work, share good practice and influence policy that has an impact on young people and the organisations that support them.

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The Centre for Youth Impact

The Centre for Youth Impact is a centre for evidence, capacity building and practice development. The Centre aims to develop as the youth sector’s space where practitioners, funders and policy makers come together to discuss, generate, validate and reflect on high quality evidence of the impact that good youth services have on the lives of young people. We believe that the Centre should be firmly rooted within the youth sector, and work closely with the existing initiatives and organisations that exist to progress the evidence agenda more broadly.

British Educational research Association

Since its inception in 1974, BERA has expanded into an internationally renowned association with UK and non-UK based members. It strives to be inclusive of the diversity of educational research and scholarship and welcomes members from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, theoretical orientations, methodological approaches, sectoral interests and institutional affiliations. It also encourages the development of productive relationships with other associations within and beyond the UK.

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Society organises and supports conference and seminars, many organised by its network of over 20 regional branches in the UK and beyond.  The Society also supports research and scholarship in the field through its grants scheme.

Youth and Policy

Youth & Policy Journal was founded in 1982 to offer a critical space for the discussion of youth policy and youth work theory and practice. It has expanded to include the organisation of related conferences, research and book publication. Regular activities include the biannual ‘History of Community and Youth Work’ and the ‘Thinking Seriously’ conferences. The Youth & Policy editorial group works in partnership with a range of local and national voluntary and statutory organisations who have complementary purposes.

In Defence of Youth Work

The In Defence of Youth Work campaign saw the light of day at Youth and Policy’s  History conference in March 2009.  The impetus came from the circulation of an Open Letter, which can be found on our site. At heart the Campaign seeks to defend and extend youth work as a distinctive educational practice founded on a voluntary relationship with young people and shaped by their agendas.

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