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Yacvic Conference paper 2007

Embedded youth work:
Ethical questions for youth work professionals

by Howard Sercombe

Most professions have wrestled with the problem of dual relationships, and the profession of youth work is no exception. Howard Sercombe holds that in order to understand how dual relationships can be avoided within youth work, it is necessary to be clear about what is involved in professional relationships. Sercombe also outlines policies that provide guidance for youth work in situations where dual relationships can't be avoided. He points out that the circumstances in which youth workers operate mean that the professional encounter is not neatly circumscribed in time and space. Youth workers, therefore, need to be diligent about following best practice in all situations.
Youth Studies Australia, v.26, n.2. pp.11-19.
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