code of ethics
The Institute for Youth Work’s Code of Ethics
All members of the Institute for Youth Work must agree to the following statements and twelve principles when they sign up for membership.
The Institute for Youth Work recognises the diversity of the youth work sector. It includes those that work with young people, who engage on a voluntary basis, in public, private and third sector (including faith-based) organisations.
The work may be paid or unpaid and includes face-to-face workers, youth work managers and educators.
Our members, whatever their role or setting, make judgements and conduct themselves in their work based on the following ethical principles:
1. We have a duty of care to young people. In the youth work relationship the best interests of young people have priority.
2. We do not seek to advance ourselves, our organisations, or others – personally, politically, or professionally – at the expense of young people.
3. Our relationship with young people remains within professional boundaries at all times, to protect the young person and the purpose of the work.
4. We work in a fair and inclusive way, promoting justice and equality of opportunity, challenging any discriminatory or oppressive behaviour or practice.
5. We seek to enhance young people’s personal and social development by:
– Supporting their participation and active involvement in society;
– Helping them to become independent and move on when the time is right.