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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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Bridget Cooper 14 Developing an ethic of care with children and young people:Opportunities and challenges 259


Bridget Cooper 14 Developing an ethic of care with children and young people: Opportunities and challenges The potential of care A six year old explains how she knows when a teacher really understands her, when it ‘looks important, like they’re really listening’ (Cooper 2002: 64). Quite young children are aware of people who take time to understand and interact with them. Every day, caring adults, in a range of educational, health and social services, value young people and make a dif ference in their lives, a dif ference which at times is significant. This creates hope and the realization that good relationships are possible, whatever disappointments or traumas have occurred in the past. Good experiences with significant adults can sustain young people emotionally when they encounter problems in the future. Harnessing such positive interaction and moreover multi- plying it, so that young people can f lourish emotionally and subsequently replicate care and af fection with others, seems to be central to creating a society which can nurture humanity and community, release individual potential, respect dif ference, remain tolerant and develop wisdom. At every interaction between adults and young people, therefore, there is an opportunity – through the development of trust, however embryonic initially – to engender transformation, and in each moment of connection to sow the seeds for future relationships and development. Care can be revealed through thoughtful awareness of young people’s pleasures, their personal interests and strengths. This allows relationships to be built on positive, already developing areas of understanding and...

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