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.

Codes of Ethics

Codes of Ethics

Codes of ethics


This chapter looks at codes of ethics in youth work, and their relationship with the development of youth work as a profession. It asks whether codes of ethics are able to help youth workers make ethical decisions, and whether they stimulate ethical debate or stifle it. Codes of ethics from the UK, North America, New Zealand and Australia are compared, and the common features across these codes are identified. Finally, the chapter discusses how codes of ethics are to be enforced, and whether and how penalties are to be applied for breaches of the code.

Codes of ethics, in our field at least, are a relatively recent phenomenon. That is probably true of the professions in general, with the outstanding exception ...

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