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.





Corruption is defined within this chapter as any action (or omission) by a youth worker which advantages the youth worker at the expense of young people. While we are used to seeing corruption narrowly as involving bribes and relationships with underworld figures, most corruption is more mundane, and much more common than that. The chapter explores what corruption might look like for youth workers, how good people are drawn gradually into corruption, and how it might be avoided.

Corruption is a harsh word. We are used to hearing it used of public officials taking bribes, or siphoning off public money for their own purposes, or unusual relationships between property developers and planning officers or local government councillors. Especially, we would think, in the Third World ...

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