Working with youth sector stakeholders, the Youth Coalition has led a range of initiatives aimed at supporting youth work professionalisation in the ACT, including the development and launch of the ACT Youth Work Code of Ethical Practice, and an evaluation of the Youth Worker Practice Network. Further information about the Code of Ethical Practice is provided below. For more information about the YWPN Evaluation see ‘Research and Evaluation’.
A sub-group of experienced youth workers from the Youth Worker Practice Network was established to oversee the development of the ACT Youth Work Code of Ethical Practice (the Code), which was launched in March 2023. The Code revises and builds upon the previous work done by the sector over 15 years ago to develop the first ACT Youth Work Code of Ethics, as well as work done across Australia and New Zealand to further embed professional and ethical youth work practice across the youth sector. The new Code reflects the growth and development of the youth sector, demonstrated by improved theoretical frameworks and information about what youth work is and how youth workers engage with young people. Following the launch of the Code, the sub-group has identified the need to form an advisory committee to oversee the next stages of professionalisation.