This unit focuses on developing ethical approaches to all aspects of youth work in Australia and internationally. From an initial examination of the personal values and beliefs that shape individual practice, students are encouraged to analyse, evaluate and develop a framework for professional youth work practice. Knowledge of Human Rights and applying the YACVic Code of ethics to practice will enable students to integrate and embed an ethical approach to their work. This unit will also include the principles of youth work practice, aspects of professional conduct, and communication standards.

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Online Self Paced
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Students enrolled in ABYW must complete all First Year core units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the role of personal values and ethics within youth work practice respecting and valuing diversity;  
  2. Develop strategies to maintain professional relationships with clients and other workers,  
  3. Analyse the national and international development of ethics in youth work; and  
  4. Integrate appropriate ethical practice in a range of situations and scenarios in both local and global communities applying professional code of ethics.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test An uninvigilated quiz to test knowledge of YACVic Code of Ethical Practice 20%
Presentation Facilitate class discussions to analyse ethical dilemmas. (20 mins) 30%
Essay Submit written report outlining the Code of Ethical Practice for Youth Workers in Victoria, its purpose, relevance to current practice (1500 words) 50%
Total effective word limit 3000 words.

Required reading

Further links to recommended readings for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice
Sapin, K (2013),
London: Sage Publications

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