Being a young person in today's society can provide many exciting opportunities and new experiences while presenting numerous challenges and obstacles. Some of these may be small and easy to overcome, whilst for others might want, or need, a hand to work out the best way forward for them.
The Department of Human Services is responsible for providing a range of services to assist young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years and for developing, and maintaining, connections to all youth related areas both within the department and across the whole of government.
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) has released a code of ethical practice, entitled 'A First Step for the Victorian Youth Sector.'
The code contains a list of practice responsibilities and eight guiding youth work principles that youth workers should work towards for young people. The code is voluntary and was developed in consultation with members of the youth sector. The code can be downloaded from the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria website.