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.

Taking Care and Managing Risk

Taking Care and Managing Risk

Taking care and managing risk


The concept of duty of care has become a major guiding principle in public life. This chapter outlines the kinds of risks that youth work practice is prone to, and measures for managing those risks. However, not taking risks is also risky, and a major part of good youth work practice is putting young people into risky, but not dangerous, situations.

Entering into the life of another person is a risky business. But it is what we do. We overtly seek to meet young people, and to develop relationships with them: not just because it is nice for them or for us, but because we want to make a difference to the way their life is or ...

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