This third edition of the Code of Ethics recognises the emergence of social media over the past decade and the general significance of the internet as a social space for young people.

Digital connectivity has the potential to enhance Youth Work relationships when carefully considered.

Youth workers are encouraged to reflect on clauses that include reference to Youth Work online. The following reflective questions are offered to inform organisational policies and strengthen practice.

We are not providing restrictive direction or ‘answers’ to these reflective questions. General ethical principles and clauses remain relevant, as the contexts for young people and Youth Work evolve. Remember that youth workers once debated giving their home phone number to young people and today are debating being Facebook friends; the core ethical principles are consistent.