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.
This chapter explores the ethical tensions that exist in the relationship between youth work and governments, especially around the terms of financial support. While youth work and governments have always needed each other, their common interest is partial. Young people are the primary client of youth workers, but they are rarely so for governments, who have their own and other powerful interests to satisfy. The pursuit of integrity in the relationship needs careful ethical assessment to avoid youth workers becoming a mere servant of governments in the containment and control of young people on one hand, and devious and deceptive in their soliciting for financial support on the other.
Youth work has never been in a position of being financially independent. For all ...