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“Doing” Ethics

Written by: Katie Carter, Director of Research, Education & Public Policy, National Safe Place Network

When was the last time you discussed ethics with someone?

Chances are it’s been a while, if you’ve had the conversation at all. Ethical discussions can be challenging. They can bring up memories of previous situations where we maybe did not act or respond to a situation ethically. They may force us to confront friends or colleagues about their unethical behavior. They may result in uncomfortable conversations.

Professional ethics, while sometimes challenging, are also integral to the work we do as professional child and youth care workers. Whether working as a counselor, program director, street outreach workers, shelter staff, or executive (and everything in-between), knowing the professional code of ethics that guide this work helps professionalize the child and youth care field. Ethics are not law and regulations, agency policies, or personal values. Someone’s values may clash with the code of ethics, leading to the previously mentioned uncomfortable conversations.

Many different professional codes of ethics exist. National Safe Place Network recognizes the Standards for Practice of North American Child and Youth Care Professionals as a model for child and youth care professionals.

This code of ethics provides a framework for the child and youth care field and can help guide the thinking and actions of professionals. Find out additional information and view the complete code of ethics here:

If you haven’t thought about ethics in a while, now is a great time to review the code and have some conversations with your colleagues about “doing” ethics.

For more information about becoming a certified child and youth care professional, check out this information about training and certification:

NSPN and the Academy for Competent Youth Work Team Up to Help Advance the Youth Services Field

In honor of 2015 International Child and Youth Care Workers’ Week last week (May 3-9), NSPN is pleased to announce a partnership with the Academy for Competent Youth Work to provide Child and Youth Care certification training. The Academy for Competent Youth Work is effectively transforming the practice of child and youth care by focusing on these core goals: 1) Prepare a competent international youth care workforce; 2) Help youth care organizations develop and implement research-based best practices; 3) Advocate for quality services for children, youth and families; and 4) Advocate on behalf of Child and Youth Care Practitioners. NSPN is proud to be the exclusive national partner with the Academy for Competent Youth Work for complete access to training. This partnership provides the opportunity for NSPN to offer this certification training: “Child and Youth Care Foundations Course” and certification exam. Participants may pursue certification at the Basic and Associate levels (national certification) or the Professional level (international certification).

There are many benefits to becoming a certified youth care worker:

  • Receive the benefits of high-quality, cost-effective training that builds on individual experiences of child and youth workers.
  • Become part of a competent, certified group of child and youth care workers advancing the youth services field.
  • Individuals with varying levels of experience are welcome.
  • Discounted course registration fees available for NSPN members and licensed Safe Place agencies. Course registration is free for FYSB-funded RHY grantee agencies.

The CYC: Foundations Course is eight 5-hour modules that include the following topics:

  • Introduction to Professional CYC Practice
  • Professional Ethics and Regulation
  • Brain-based Guidance Techniques
  • Assessment and Documentation
  • Communication
  • Developmentally Based Programming
  • Relationship Development
  • Group Work
  • Activity Development and Leadership
  • Supervising Children and Youth
  • Cultural Diversity

Contact us for additional information about how you can become a Certified Youth Care Worker – or 502.635.3660.