Overtime there will be increasing Champion opportunities to be involved in various aspects of the professional association. Currently we're looking for youth workers to join our Code of Ethics Champions Programme! If you’re an experienced youth worker, committed to best practice and with an interest in supporting others then we’d love to hear from you.
The Code of Ethics Champions programme offers recognition for the great work youth workers do and is the first step towards accreditation as a trainer in the COE.
The programme has three phases: participating in an online learning journey, ethical champions training and then accreditation as an Ara Taiohi COE Trainer.
Becoming a Code of Ethics Champion
1. Participate in an online learning journey – a Facebook group has been set up that has weekly posts designed to engage with ethical frameworks and issues. We will explore youth work ethics internationally, engage in ethical debates and explore ethical resources). Anyone can join the online learning journey.
2. Participate in a 2 day Ethical Champions training programme – the first day will be a learning journey around a COE 101 training day (open to all and advertised at the same time as the Champions training) to ensure all participants are on the same page. The second day will be an advanced ethics training day.
We want to hear from individuals who are championing the Code of Ethics and want to join this journey! Please register your interest by emailing us or filling in the online application The two day training ordinarily costs $350 + GST for members and $450 + GST for non-members. Cost includes lunch.
If your region is a hotbed of youth workers living and breathing the Code of Ethics then get in touch and we can come to you! It is possible to reduce the cost per person if we collaborate.
Becoming an accredited trainer in the COE
3. Active participants in the COE champion journey may apply to train as a COE trainer accredited by Ara Taiohi. This will involve continued participation in the online journey; supporting the ethical development of others and an additional one day training.
People who participate in the advanced ethics training day or the accredited COE trainer workshop need to:
- Be experienced and respected youth work practitioners.
- Actively engaged in ethical reflection and have a strong understanding of positive youth development and how this affects ethical youth work practice.
- Understand youth work as a profession in Aotearoa, including the relationship between tangata whenua and tauiwi.
Jane Zintl is working with Ara Taiohi to set up the programme and deliver the trainings nationally.
If you are interested in being a part of this journey and becoming either a COE Champion or an accredited Ara Taiohi COE trainer please register an expression of interest with us and join the Facebook group Ethics in Youth Work: Aotearoa Champions.
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Ara Taiohi and the Pathway to Professionalisation Working Group are committed to seeing a proactive strategy in place to allow every youth worker in Aotearoa have access to basic training in the Code of Ethics. This requires the development of a team of people who will be accredited by Ara Taiohi as Code of Ethics trainers.