A unique text to the field, Doing Ethics in Child and Youth Care serves as an essential introductory guide to ethical practice across a range of child and youth care settings within North America. In addition to providing an overview of the Standards for Practice of North American Child and Youth Care Professionals, with the full version included in an appendix, the text offers a practical and engaging introduction and explores the theoretical under-pinnings and field-specific application of ethics.
Organized into three parts, this volume begins by introducing the code of ethics for child and youth care professionals in North America as well as the ethical theories and the foundational skills to “do ethics,” including cultural humility, reflexivity, and ethical problem solving. The second part moves on to orient readers to a broad range of considerations for adopting an ethical stance, such as boundary management, responsibilities to the profession, community development and youth participation, and Indigenous perspectives on child and youth care ethics. Part three features some of the different settings in which child and youth care is practised in North America, such as substitute care, family work, intervention in schools, social media, research, and ethics training and supervision, and examines the unique ethical challenges in each of these settings.
With contributions from leading child and youth care scholars in Canada and the United States, this is a must-read for students and professional training programs in child and youth care, child and youth studies, and youth work across North America.
contributions from researchers, practitioners, and scholars from Canada and the United States
practice examples and reflective exercises to engage readers in developing an approach to ethical practice across a range of child and youth care settings
appendices containing the full Standards for Practice of North American Child and Youth Care Professionals and a list of resources for ethical dilemmas and case studies to practise doing ethics
Introduction: An Orientation to Doing Ethics, byVarda R. Mann-Feder
Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: A User’s Guide to the North American Code of Ethics, by Frank EcklesandJames Freeman
Chapter 2: Doing Ethics and Reflexivity, by Varda R. Mann-Feder
Chapter 3: Three Approaches to Ethical Theory, byMark Greenwald
Chapter 4: Feminist Relational Ethics, by Jennifer White
Chapter 5: Context and Cultural Humility, by Jaspreet Bal
Chapter 6: A Reflexive Relational Model for Ethical Decision-Making in Child and Youth Care, by Varda R. Mann-FederandLaura Steckley
Part II: Ethical Considerations
Chapter 7: Creating Useful Boundaries and Ethical Child and Youth Care Practice, by Jack Phelan
Chapter 8: Doing Ethics and the Profession, by Doug Magnuson
Chapter 9: Ethical Issues in Community Youth Development and Youth Participation, by Natasha Blanchet-Cohenand Julia L. Ginsburg
Chapter 10: Indigenous Perspectives on Child and Youth Care Ethics, by Elizabeth FastandMel Lefebvre
Chapter 11: Self-Care as an Ethical Imperative in Child and Youth Care, by J. Nicole Little
Part III: Doing Ethics in Child and Youth Care Settings
Chapter 12: Doing Ethics in Substitute Care, by Heather Modlin
Chapter 13: Doing Ethics in Family Intervention, by Lesley GoodyearandKelly Shaw
Chapter 14: Ethical Child and Youth Care in Schools, by Tina Kroll-Neary
Chapter 15: Social Media and Child and Youth Care Ethics, by Howard M. Bloom
Chapter 16: Research for, with, and by Young People, by Carol Stuart
Chapter 17: Ethics Training and Supervision, by Dale Curry
Conclusion: Putting It All Together, by Varda R. Mann-Feder
Appendix A: Standards for Practice of North American Child and Youth Care Professionals
Appendix B: Resources for Ethical Dilemmas
About the Contributors
Varda R. Mann-Feder is a Professor of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University and former Department Chair, known for her research and publications on aging out of care and her advocacy on behalf of youth in placement. She served as Vice President of the Child and Youth Care Accreditation Council of Canada and as the editor of the Journal of Child and Youth Care Work from 2000 to 2006. She worked as a consulting psychologist in the Child Welfare system in Montreal for 30 years and was the founding Program Director for the Graduate Diploma in Youth Work, where she currently teaches.
“This comprehensive text provides a strong foundation in professional ethics for students preparing for a variety of fields serving children, youth and families.”
—Darrell Meece, Professor, School of Education, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
“Varda Mann-Feder has compiled an honourable tribute to Martha Mattingly and Carol Kelly in this MUST READ for CYC students, professional practitioners, educators, and supervisors as we challenge ourselves to truly “do ethics” and develop our ethical stance. Leaders in the field of CYC have contributed their voices to address ethics across a range of practice domains, each including crucial information, practice scenarios and thought-provoking questions for reflection to enhance our continuous learning. An excellent read!”
—Wendy Weninger, CYCEAB Accreditation Coordinator
“A deeply thoughtful and thorough exploration of the ethics of child and youth care practice … This should be a must read for all CYC students.”
—Paula Cornell, Instructor, Child and Youth Care, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, NorQuest College
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