It takes an exceptional level of honesty, integrity and moral judgement to help young people explore their own values and beliefs without imposing your own

Examples of key values for work with young people include: Respect for people – seeing the good in everyone, treating others with dignity and acknowledging the uniqueness of others. Promotion of well-being – placing the focus of our work on the welfare of all. Truth – a commitment to seeking truth and ensuring that we do not teach what is false, that we act with integrity and that we are open to dialogue. Democracy – not just about having a particular political system, but also a value in terms of working out how we share in a common life and how we can do so in ways that accommodate differences and address inequalities. Fairness and equality – ensuring that the relationships we have with young people promote fair and equal treatment as well as fair and equal access to opportunities. It is important that as youth workers we acknowledge we are role models; we must pursue congruence between the way we live our own lives and the lives we are encouraging and supporting young people to live. It also means recognising that we bring our beliefs and values to everything that we do – and these have the potential to influence young people. It takes an exceptional level of honesty, integrity and moral judgement to help young people explore their own values and beliefs without imposing your own.

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