Youth workers need the support of their employers to ensure they are able to comply with the Code of Ethics. The following suggestions are designed as a guideline for agencies committed to the implementation of the Code in their workplace.

  • Have the Code of Ethics included in both Employment Agreements and Volunteer Agreements.
  • Where your agency has another Code of Ethics/Practice, consideration should be given as to which takes precedence where there is a clash. Please note that unless a worker has a primary professional association other than youth work (e.g., social work, counseling, law etc.) Ara Taiohi would generally consider this Code of Ethics to take precedence.
  • Youth workers should be funded to receive training on the Code of Ethics (internally and/or externally).
  • Have regular team discussions around common or challenging ethical issues, using the Code of Ethics as a framework.
  • It is important to resource youth workers with financial, philosophical and practical support to comply with the Code.
  • Provide for ongoing supervision for youth workers. Encourage youth workers and supervisors to use the Code of Ethics as a framework to discuss challenging ethical situations.
  • Consider how young people, their whānau and the community generally are able to access the Code of Ethics (including making copies available and noting the Code of Ethics on consent forms).