15. Hakapakaritanga | Working Holistically

15.1 Youth workers will work holistically with young people. Youth workers will support the healthy development of young people, including their social, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, whānau and cultural skills. Youth workers will support young people to identify and develop their strengths, encouraging them to reach their full potential.

15.2 Youth workers will seek to be inclusive and ensure accessibility of Youth Work services, programmes, events or activities to all. Youth workers will take all reasonable steps to ensure accessibility of programmes and activities for those with mixed abilities.

15.3 Youth workers will identify and promote the strengths of the traditions and inspirational people within the cultures of the young people they work with.

16. Āhua Pononga | Working Positively

16.1 Young people are an integral part of our society. Youth workers seek to have this acknowledged and valued by society as a whole.

16.2 Youth workers do not see young people as problems to be solved, and will avoid labelling young people negatively.

16.3 Youth workers acknowledge the impact of risk factors on young people. They will seek to develop protective factors to build resiliency, enabling them to fulfil their potential.

17. Tiakitanga | Looking After Yourself

17.1 Ethical youth work practice is based on the social, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, whānau and cultural wellbeing of youth workers. This allows youth workers to develop their full potential and equips them to best serve young people.

17.2 Youth workers and their organisation must take responsibility for the youth worker’s overall well being.

18. Whakahaeretanga | Supervision

18.1 Supervision provides youth workers with a safe place to reflect on professional development, personal support, organisational and practice issues with the purpose of providing increased effectiveness, safety and accountability for their practice.

18.2 Youth workers will actively participate in regular supervision (such as individual, group, tandem, peer, or team supervision) with skilled supervisors within the organisation and/or external to it.

18.3 Other forms of supervision, such as cultural or spiritual, are vital processes for the development of the Youth Worker’s personal, cultural, spiritual and professional development and to ensure accountability in that context. Youth workers will access this where appropriate.

18.4 Supervision will be resourced and initiated by the youth workers organisation. Youth workers have the right to negotiate who their supervisor/s are.

19. Matatau | Personal Awareness

19.1 Youth workers will actively reflect on their practice with others and maintain support from supervision and co-workers.

19.2 Youth workers will be aware of any physical or personal circumstances that may affect their ability to work safely and effectively.

19.3 Youth workers will approach differences in others with respect.

19.4 Youth workers will understand and reflect on the impact that their own culture, values, attitudes and beliefs have on young people. Where there is a conflict, a youth worker may refer the young person to a more appropriate support person, however the relationship with the young person should be maintained during this process.