22. Ōu Tikanga | Rights and Responsibilities

22.1 Youth workers acknowledge the provisions of:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Human Rights Act 1993
  • New Zealand Bill of Rights
  • Children Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989.

22.2 Young people, particularly those belonging to under-represented or marginalised groups, are vulnerable to being taken advantage of. Youth Workers will respect the rights of young people they work with, and encourage them to respect the rights of others.

22.3 Youth workers will not unlawfully discriminate against young people for any reason, including those contained in the Human Rights Act 1993.

22.4 Youth workers will promote the rights and responsibilities of Tangata Whenua to practice indigenous models of youth development.

23. Ngā Mahi Ora | Safe Practice

23.1 It is a youth worker’s responsibility to maintain the safety of young people in any service, programme, event or activity provided.

23.2 Youth workers will adhere to the provisions of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1993.

23.3 Youth workers and their organisations will ensure that appropriate Risk Management procedures, systems and paperwork are completed for services, programmes, events or activities organised for and with young people.

23.4 Specialised activities with moderate to high risk must have:

  • A worker, volunteer or external contractor with appropriate qualifications or proven experience pertaining to the activity
  • A written agreement entered into specifying who is responsible for what risks, and at what point risk transfer happens.

24. Kawenga | Agents of Change

24.1 Youth workers will recognise the impact of social, political, economic and cultural structures on young people and seek to remove barriers that restrict life opportunities for young people.

24.2 Youth work is not limited to facilitating change within the individual young person, but extends to the social context in which the young person lives.