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to act within a clear ethical framework, based on the core principles stated above, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Working with young people requires both a clear ethical framework and ethical awareness. Just as important as a document stating an ethical framework is, however, to have an on-going discussion among youth workers regarding what this means in practise and how it is to be applied. Discussing the ethical dilemmas is crucial if youth workers should be able to give young people a fair and equal treatment, not being biased by personal opinions or preferences.

Guiding questions

To what degree does our local youth work meet this bullet point?

Are there sides/aspects of it that are not reached?
Are there differences related to different activities?
Are there differences related to different groups of young people?
Are there differences related to different youth work providers?
Are there other differences? Related to what?

Specific questions
  • Do we have a clear and commonly understood ethical framework?
    • If not, where can we find inspiration for creating such a framework?
    • If not, how should we design the process of creating such a framework?
  • Are we guided only by personal ethics?
  • Are we taking for granted that youth workers are ethically aware and have a high moral?
    • Which consequences might this have for the equal treatment of young people taking part in youth work?


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Good practices & tools

  • Puuhapaku, mobile youth work in the city of Kemi

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  • School youth work

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Future steps

What different steps do we need to take in order to meet this bullet point?

Do we miss any knowledge that we need?
Do we need to take contact with stakeholders not present in our discussions?
Do we need to develop new competences, methods, work processes or organisational structures?
Can we find good practices or tools that might help us to improve this?
Do we have positive experiences from other areas of youth work that we can use also in this case?
Are there other organisations that we can contact and learn from regarding this?
Do we need to take other measures?
Do we have to revise our perspectives and/or priorities regarding youth work?

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