Saturday, June 26, 2010


Durham University & Regional Youth Work Unit- North East

Day Conference

Tuesday 13th July 2010, 10.30 – 16.30

Ethical issues in youth work

Holgate House, Grey College, Durham University

South Road, Durham. DH1 3LG

This conference offers an opportunity to discuss and debate some of the key ethical issues facing youth workers, the young people they work with and managers and policymakers who oversee work with young people. The youth worker’s role is ever more challenging - with the development of integrated youth support services in local authorities, information-sharing between professionals and agencies, commissioning relationships with the voluntary sector, funding cuts, the ever present public concern about young people as problems and victims, as well as the election of a new national government. The conference is occasioned by the publication of the 2nd edition of the book, Ethical Issues in Youth Work (Routledge, June 2010). The day will involve some of the contributors to the book and other national speakers with an interest in youth work in a panel discussion, followed by afternoon workshops covering issues 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

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

· issues for practitioner researchers.

10.30 Arrivals, tea and coffee

11.00 Welcome and Introduction: The place of ethics in youth work, Sarah Banks, Durham University

11.30 Panel discussion: Perspectives on the key ethical issues in youth work today. Panel will include: Leon Mexter, Regional Youth Work Unit-NE; Tony Jeffs, Durham University; Heather Stephens, National Youth Agency; Rod Stapley, Newcastle City Council; Susanne Rauprich, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services.

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Launch of second edition of Ethical Issues in Youth Work

13.30 Workshops 1 – choose one

14.30 Tea

15.00 Workshops 2 – choose one

16.00 Key issues from workshops and closing remarks

16.30 Close

For further information and a booking form see
Or contact: Nicoletta Riccardi,, tel 0191 3341505

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