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Working with Children and Young People

Ethical Debates and Practices Across Disciplines and Continents


Edited By Anne Campbell and Pat Broadhead

This book provides an interdisciplinary perspective on working with young people, focusing on education, health and social work, and draws on projects and perspectives from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia. The volume highlights the ethical challenges and dilemmas as these and other services are integrated and addresses how ethical practices are confronted and shared across disciplines.
The first section looks at professional practice; the second foregrounds children’s and young people’s voices and is especially concerned with children and young people as co-researchers. Subjects addressed within the text include sex education, health education, custodial care, confidentiality and gaining consent, ethical issues around ICT and researching with vulnerable populations.
The book is intended for both scholars and practitioners. It places examples in clearly articulated theoretical frameworks as well as considering professional principles and practice.


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Avril Brock, Carolynn Rankin and Louise Boyle Swiniarski 2 Are we doing it by the book? Professional ethics for teachers and librarians in the early years 15


Avril Brock, Carolynn Rankin and Louise Boyle Swiniarski 2 Are we doing it by the book? Professional ethics for teachers and librarians in the early years Ethics is a key dimension of professionalism (Brock 2006) and should be at the foundation of practice for those who work with young children and their families. This chapter explores ethical issues af fecting the two pro- fessions of early years educators and early years librarians in the UK and the USA. The discussion draws on research undertaken through eliciting the voices of professionals from both trans-disciplinary and transatlantic perspectives. The chapter explores how these two professions have ethics at the centre of practice, focusing on the pre-eminence of the needs, wants and interests of their ‘clients’ – children and families. It also focuses on the ethical environment that encompasses a commitment to work in col- laboration, and share expertise with, other professional colleagues. As new thinking is of fered through exploring the thinking and practice of professionals working across boundaries, so the ethical demands intensify and increased professional knowledge is required (Brock and Swiniarski 2008). The chapter demonstrates new insights and opportunities gained through the sharing of interdisciplinary and international perspectives within the field of educators and librarians in the early years. The discus- sion will include: Ethics in professionalism• Codes of ethics for professionals working with young children• Personal voice and ethical dilemmas• 16 Avril Brock, Carolynn Rankin and Louise Boyle Swiniarski Ethics in professionalism How do contemporary professionals define and sustain their...

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