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.
A commitment to training is a feature of all professions. Our field is complex and constantly changing, and to be able to intervene in ways that work, that avoid further harm, and are flexible and creative, we need to attend to our own development and training. Initial training is important, but it isn't enough. And all codes of ethics require a commitment to ongoing professional development as well as initial training. This chapter addresses these questions, including whether specified training ought to be mandatory for people calling themselves youth workers.
The ethical duty to take responsibility for continuing professional education is taken up by almost every code of ethics in every profession. It is a feature of all the youth work codes of ...