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 motivations are caught up in each other. Ethics calls for, and drives towards, response. Our motivations will shape our ethics, both individually and as a profession, and, hopefully, our ethics will also shape our motivations, calling them into question and to account when they need to. This chapter examines what our motivations are and what legitimate rewards might be, not only for each of us as individuals, but as members of the profession. Because so much youth work is done within a faith-based context, there is also a special discussion of religious motivations for practice.

Youth work sits in an interesting position with respect to the relationship with young people as the client. Unlike most professions, the professional relationship in youth work isn't ...

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