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.

Equity and Justice

Equity and justice


This chapter deals with ideas about justice and distribution as ethical dimensions of practice, and how they impact on youth work services. We discuss the nature of equality and inequality working to understand what kinds of equality are legitimate and which ones aren't. The relationship between the treatment of individuals and the treatment of groups is important within this analysis, especially for an understanding of positive discrimination and other anti-oppressive or compensatory practices.

In Chapter 16, I argued that empowerment was at the centre of youth work practice, and that practice which did not at least strive to facilitate and enhance young people's agency could not be ethical, or perhaps could not be youth work. However, empowerment is not alone there, ...

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