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 Agency Policy

Ethics and Agency Policy

Ethics and agency policy


This chapter is about how to work with ethics, including using a code of ethics, to maintain a line of practice in organisations that enhances and deepens our youth work. For example, we will discuss how to write agency policy in ways that connect to an agency's ethical commitments. The environment isn't always sympathetic to youth work practice, however. The chapter discusses how to work strategically with existing policy that is difficult or wrong, including, at the limit, the obligations and risks of ‘whistleblowing’, when employees or other insiders find themselves in the position of having to publicly call their organisations to account.

It isn't just individuals who make decisions, who act, and who therefore are ethical subjects, responsible ...

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