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Our Mission Statement

The Federation for Detached Youth Work exists to;


  •  Improve the quality of detached youth work practice in the UK through its support; promotion and development.


  • Advance the education and training of persons involved in detached youth work in the UK. 


  • Improve understanding of detached youth work and its values in diverse policy arenas, other professional fields and wider society.


Our History


The Federation for Detached Youth Work (FDYW) was formally launched during the Detached Youth Workers Conference at Warwick University in 1996, where it also gained charitable status.

It is essentially a 'grassroots' organisation; being established solely through the voluntary efforts of detached youth work practitioners from across the country. 

It did not come about overnight, but was the product of initial deliberations starting during the Keele conferences of the 70’s and 80’s and concluding in Sheffield in 1992. A paper was presented at the 1994 National conference, which outlined the purpose and structure of the proposed Federation. A Steering Group was formed and tasked with developing the aspiration to set up a Federation and bringing it into being. Since then the organisation has been based in Newcastle, Liverpool and, London. It currently has office space within the NYA in Leicester.

Since the launch of the Federation in 1996 an Executive Committee has been elected by the general membership each year at the Annual General Meeting held during the National Conference. The present Executive Committee all give their time voluntarily. 

You can download our Constitution by clicking on this PDF

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