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2nd Edition

Ethical Issues in Youth Work

Edited By

Sarah Banks

ISBN 9780415499712
Published July 9, 2010 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

This fully updated new edition of Ethical Issues in Youth Work presents a comprehensive overview and discussion of a range of ethical challenges facing youth workers in their everyday practice.

The first part offers a clear outline of the nature of professional ethics, relevant ethical theories and an overview of the policy and organisational context of youth work. The second part is grounded firmly in practice, with experts in the field exploring specific issues that raise ethical difficulties for youth workers, such as:

• when to breach confidentiality

• information sharing in inter-professional contexts

• the ethics of youth participation and active citizenship

• how to balance the roles of control, empowerment and education

• negotiating personal and professional values, interests and commitments in youth work

• dilemmas for faith-based and black and minority ethnic workers

• issues for practitioner researchers.

Ethical Issues in Youth Work offers a timely and unique insight into both the dilemmas of youth work practice and some of the more recent challenges faced by youth workers and all those working with young people in the light of current public attitudes and government policies towards young people.

Table of Contents

Part I:The ethical context of youth work,  1. Ethics and the youth worker, Sarah Banks,  2. Working in welfare: youth policy’s contradictions and dilemmas, Phil Mizen,  3. Ethics, collaboration and the organisational context of youth work, Kenneth McCulloch and Lyn Tett,  4. Resourcing youth work: dirty hands and tainted money, Tony Jeffs and Mark K Smith, Part II: Ethical issues in practice,  5. Youth workers as professionals: managing dual relationships and maintaining boundaries, Howard Sercombe,  6. Youth workers as moral philosophers: developing right thinking and mindfulness, Kerry Young,  7. Youth workers as controllers: issues of method and purpose, Tony Jeffs,  8. Youth workers as converters: ethical issues in faith-based youth work, Maxine Green,  9. Youth workers as critical interpreters and mediators: ethical issues in working with black young people, Umme F. Imam and Rick Bowler,  10. Youth workers as confidants: issues of welfare and trust, Sue Morgan and Sarah Banks,  11. Youth workers as researchers: ethical issues in practitioner and participatory research, Janet Batsleer,  12. Young people as activists: ethical issues in promoting and supporting active citizenship, Jason Wood

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Sarah Banks is Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, UK.


"This fully updated new edition of Ethical Issues in Youth Work presents a comprehensive overview and discussion of the core ethical dilemmas facing youth workers in their everyday practice." - Hilary Orpin, Greenwich University

"Still hugely relevant and now more current, this new edition will support all those working in youth services to deliberate the application of youth work ethics with an awareness of the diversity of practice in this specific field." - Tyrrell Golding, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK