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.

Now about You: Self-Care

Now about You: Self-Care

Now about you: Self-care


The most important resource that youth workers have in the service of young people is their own selves: their minds, bodies, emotions, perceptions, personalities. In order for this service to be at the level that young people need and deserve, youth workers need to pay attention to their own health and a proper life balance. This is especially so since there are traditions within our field that promote overcommitment and unsustainable work practices.

In Chapter 4, we discussed the range of motivations that youth workers have, and particularly motivations which were not about the youth worker's own self-interest. We argued there that the service professions were inherently ‘other-directed’: that they existed not primarily to serve the interests of the ...

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