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Youth Work Ethics
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Youth Work Ethics

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


January 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

Useful additional reading for Childhood and Youth students particualrly recognising the professionalism of youth work.

Mrs Wendy Bannerman
Childhood and Youth, Northampton University
June 8, 2012

A great read for youth work students, gives a solid grounding in the ethical practice related to youth work.

Mr Rik Kennedy
Department of Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste College
January 31, 2012

Excellent book, very useful for Community and Youth Work FdSc

Ms Kate Barden
Vocational Education , Penwith College
December 17, 2011

Sercombe works well through 3 sections in the book: The Youth Work Profession; Method and Theory; and Ethical Issues and Conflicts.

Beginning with an examination of the profession which fits well with current policy/funding debates, helping to form an identity and mandate for youth work despite policy, the second section moves on to an overview of current ethical epistemology, framed within postmodernity.

Sercombe then choses 13 practical topics to work through with an overview of the main themes within each. These topics are for the youth worker and agency rather than young people, for example the pursuit of funding, ethics of power and CPD.

Summary boxes make it easy to dip in and out of (and quote easily in essays!), and occasional worked examples bring it to life - though perhaps more of this would help.

He tries to take a neutral stance on issues, allowing the reader to define their own stance where appropriate.

All in all, a good introductory text to a broad range of theory and issues around the youth work profession.

Mr Robin Smith
Youth Work, Nazarene Theological College
November 8, 2011

A really excellent resource for community youth work students and practitioners. This book has a direct, no nonsense style which when coupled with the easily recognisable practice examples makes it very easy to read. Compact chapters and sections mean you can easily discover the issue you would like to explore. It will be included in several of our modules and in particular our practice/ placement elements of the course.

Mr ALASTAIR SCOTT-MCKINLEY
School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies, Ulster University
September 16, 2011

Well timed book which is accessable for students of all levels

Dr Wendy Podd
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
July 12, 2011

A good overview of the field and a welcome addition to introductory texts in this area. Well presented and accessible for students.

Mr Paul Nash`
Religion , st johns
April 27, 2011

Recommended to 2nd Year Early Childhood Education students in one module - have also shown this to Children & Young Peoples Workforce FdA.

Mrs Alicia James
Community Studies, Truro College
February 15, 2011

this book is very welcome as it covers a range of important issues in some depth but in a way that is accessible for first year and other students.

I have recomended a few sections as essential reading to our students. These include:the chapters on Confidentiality and Boundaries. These 2 chapters provide key information for 1st year students before they embark on placements so that they can think about some of the important issues that might be problematic for them.

Other sections that are particularly useful include: chapter6 on ethical theories, chapter 13 on risk management, ch 15 on power and chapter 21 on self care. Lots of interesting ideas for reflection

Jean Hatton
community and international education, Huddersfield University
December 16, 2010

An excellent course book applicaple for a range of modules on a youth and community work degree course. It raises some really valuable questions and it's well written and accessible.

Steph Green
Youth and Community, Ruskin College
November 9, 2010

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