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.

Empowerment and Dependency in the Youth Work Relationship

Empowerment and Dependency in the Youth Work Relationship

Empowerment and dependency in the youth work relationship


Youth workers often work in situations of great need, where young people feel deeply powerless over anything much in their lives. Working with young people to develop their sense of agency of being able to make decisions and be active in their own lives and their own futures, is at the core of the purpose of youth work. Yet the dynamic of intervention can often generate patterns of relationship in which young people are dependent on youth workers for the satisfaction of a wide range of needs. This chapter explores this, and offers suggestions for avoiding the ethical traps that can emerge while still offering young people the right amount ...

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