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.

Youth Workers, Sex and Young People

Youth Workers, Sex and Young People

Youth workers, sex and young people


It has been normal for all of the professions to control the sexual dimensions of the professional relationship and to exclude sexual engagement from the professional encounter. There are good reasons for this. Aside from the betrayal of the professional commitment that it involves, such relationships are very frequently damaging. However, while the most overt forms of sexual exploitation might be obvious, there are a number of situations in youth work where the ethics are a little more complex, such as the situation with volunteers or with young people who may not have a strong link to the youth service, and whether we have a role in intervening in the sex lives of young ...

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