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.

Ethics and the Idea of a Profession

Ethics and the Idea of a Profession

Ethics and the idea of a profession


The question of an ethics for youth work implies the question of youth work as a profession, just by virtue of the long association between thinking about professions and thinking about ethics. This chapter explores the idea of a ‘profession’ — both what professions are in practice, and what they should be in principle — from an ethical point of view. The conclusion is that in these terms, youth work is a profession, whether or not it is recognised as one and whether or not it organises itself that way.

As the first chapter indicates, this book is primarily interested in youth work ethics, not youth work as a profession. Like many youth ...

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