What does it mean to practice youth work ethically? How does ethical theory relate to the youth work profession? What are the moral dilemmas confronting youth workers today, and how should practitioners respond? Youth Work Ethics examines these questions and more and should be on the reading lists of all youth work trainees and practitioners. A wide range of topics are covered, including: confidentiality; sexual propriety; dependence and empowerment; equity of provision; interprofessional working; managing dual relationships; working across cultures; working within an agency.
Confidentiality is central to the ethics of most of the professions. The logic of this is ancient and compelling. But there are ethical problems in keeping confidences as much as there are in breaking them. In practice, young people's expectation of confidentiality is probably frequently broken. Modern work practices may require that a range of people have access to information. Legislation attempting to counter issues ranging from terrorism to drug use to sexual exploitation may require youth workers to disclose young people's information. This chapter explores the nature of professional confidentiality for youth workers, some of the personal struggles involved, and what the limits of confidentiality might be.
The ethical obligation to keep personal and private information in trust has been there from the day ...