Youth Work Ethics
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Youth Work Ethics

  • Howard Sercombe - Professor of Community Education, University of Strathclyde


© 2010 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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?

This definitive text on 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.

Referencing professional codes of ethics in youth work, and the theories underpinning them, Howard Sercombe offers readers a framework for how to think about their practice ethically. Each chapter includes:

-Narrative case studies to provide an insight into real life dilemmas.

-Reflective questions and exercises to encourage critical thinking.

-Chapter summaries and further reading.

Youth Work Ethics is the ideal text for undergraduates and postgraduates studying on youth work, youth studies or youth & community work degrees, as well as youth work practitioners.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE IDEA OF A PROFESSION
 
Ethics and the Idea of a Profession
 
Youth Work as a Profession
 
Motivations
 
PART TWO: METHOD AND THEORY IN ETHICS
 
Thinking Ethically
 
Ethical Theory
 
Codes of Ethics
 
PART THREE: ETHICAL ISSUES AND CONFLICTS
 
Ethics and Agency Policy
 
Government Money
 
Referral and Working across Professional Disciplines
 
Confidentiality
 
Youth Workers, Sex and Young People
 
Taking Care and Managing Risk
 
Professional Boundaries and Dual Relationships
 
The Ethics of Power
 
Empowerment and Dependency in the Youth Work Relationship
 
Corruption
 
Equity and Justice
 
Working Ethically across Difference
 
Professional Development
 
Now about You: Self-Care
 
Conclusion

'[In this book] Howard Sercombe offers another useful and considered dimension for revisiting a wide and relevant spectrum of debates and issues in this valuable area...Offers a carefully considered opportunity to re-conceptualise understandings of the core ethics of youth work' -
Youth and Policy


"This comprehensive and thought provoking book should be read by anyone involved in youth work and should be compulsory reading on youth and community work courses." - Andy Furlong, Professor of Social Inclusion and Education, University of Glasgow

"This book combines readability with depth. It is simple to navigate and practice examples create a flash of recognition for anyone engaged in youth work. It is a book that ought to be on every youth worker, youth work manager, academic and policy maker's bookshelf." - Yvonne McNamara, Liverpool John Moores University


A relevant book for the student and practitioner alike in exploring the challenging dilemmas of ethics in youth work. The book presents key questions facing youth work today in the current socio-political environment. Covering a range of themes, topics and aspects it offers the reader the option to both 'dip-in' and read throughout .

Mr Ian Jones
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
July 29, 2016

Useful book covers new areas

Mr R Patel
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
February 22, 2014

I would recommend this text to my students. This is a really good and comprehensive resource about youth work ethics.

Mr Grant Poiner
School of Social Justice and Inclusion, University of Wales, Trinity St David
December 4, 2013

Excellent book, up to date and relevant to current practice. Shoould be very beneficial for students.

Ms Katherina Nugent
Sch of Business Studies and Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology
June 14, 2013

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