• Haere mai, welcome

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    Haere mai and welcome to the online learning resource developed by Careerforce for this topic. US 28542 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of professional and ethical behaviour in a health or wellbeing setting (version 1) is part of the Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3). The course page is open and available for all youth leaders and youth organisations to access and use. You will need to be enrolled with Careerforce as a trainee to complete the assessment and gain credit for this unit standard.

    Begin by looking around the course page to become familiar with its layout and see what resources are available. Work through each section with your employer, follow the links and complete the learning activities. They are designed to support your learning and prepare you for the assessment tasks.

  • About this topic

    As a youth worker, you're expected to act professionally and ethically in all aspects of your role. This includes how you interact with the young people you work with, your colleagues and members of the community. You'll follow a code of ethics that is relevant for youth workers and learn about the principles and values it is built on.

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    Throughout this topic, you'll get to know two youth leaders, Kendale and Jenna. They will provide examples of what professional and ethical behaviour means for them as youth workers.

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  • Professionalism and ethics

    As a youth worker, you need to behave ethically and professionally at all times. This includes meeting any rules or codes that your employer follows, as well as New Zealand law.

  • Code of ethics

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    Ara Taiohi is a national youth sector organisation created by New Zealand Aotearoa Adolescent Health and Development (NZAAHD) and the National Youth Workers Network Aotearoa (NYWNA). It has a code of ethics that provides an agreed set of guidelines for youth work in Aotearoa New Zealand. This code of ethics ensures that youth work is carried out in a safe, skilled, ethical manner. It is one of the ways youth workers hold each other accountable for our practice. Doing this also protects the credibility of youth work.

  • Ethical principles and values

    As a youth worker, your behaviour is guided by documents that contain ethics and principles. Like the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (YDSA), codes of ethics are built on ethical principles and values.

  • Ethical issues and disputes

    From time to time, you may come across an issue or problem in your work that you need to deal with. Some problems are quite simple to solve. Others may require more serious action or involve following a particular process. It is important that you as a youth worker understand the nature of disputes and the options available to resolve any issues that may arise.

  • Assessment

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    Congratulations on completing the learning for this topic! Check your understanding of the content by responding to the following statements.

    I can:

    • describe what professionalism and ethics means for me as a youth worker.

    • explain what a code of ethics is.

    • outline the structure of the Code of Ethics for Aotearoa Youth Workers in New Zealand and explain how it guides my youth work practice.

    • explain how ethics are built on principles and values.

    • outline processes for dealing with ethical disputes and grievances in youth work.

    If you have responded yes to all of these statements, you are now ready to complete the assessment for 28542 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of professional and ethical behaviour in a health or wellbeing setting.

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