In Australia, the duty of care in youth work refers to the legal and ethical responsibility that youth workers have to ensure the safety, wellbeing and protection of the young people they work with.
Youth workers have a duty of care to act in the best interests of the young people they work with and to take reasonable steps to prevent harm or injury to them. This duty extends to all areas of youth work, including program planning and delivery, supervision, communication, and decision-making.
To fulfill their duty of care, youth workers must:
By fulfilling their duty of care, youth workers can help ensure that young people are provided with a safe and supportive environment in which to learn and grow, and are able to access the services and support they need to reach their full potential.
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