Ethics and Youth Work Practice

Unit code: AEB2802 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
Online Self-Paced
Students enrolled in ABYW must complete all First Year core units.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
A quiz to test knowledge of YACVic Code of Ethical Practice
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Facilitate class discussions to analyse ethical dilemmas.
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 50%
Submit written report outlining the Code of Ethical Practice for Youth Workers in Victoria, its purpose, relevance to current practice.

Required reading

Students will be provided with a reading list via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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