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Simulation Exercise

Ethics in youth work

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Non-Formal learning session scenario for youth workers and trainers to reflect on ethics and values in youth work through analysing case studies.

Aims of the tool

- to explore principles and values of youth work,
- to reflect on own approach to youth work,
- to discover differences and similarities of approacheswithin the group of learners.

Description of the tool

Explain to the group the purpose of the exercise,
Divide them into 4 groups explaining that each group will analyze 1 case study either as defenders or prosecutors,
Tell them 4 stories in short,
Distribute 4 stories to the 4 groups,
Assign the task for defenders sub-groups to prepare defense speech for given persona and for prosecutors sub-groups to prepare an accussation speech for given persona naming what values/ principles of youth work were broken - given them 15 minutes for this phase,
Open a trial. Invite prosecutors and defenders of the case 1 to perform their speeches non interrupted. After speeches persecutors and defenders may add arguments answering to arguments presented in the opening speeches. Other participants may add their questions, but let the discussion be no longer than 10-15 minutes. Analyse like that all 4 cases.
At the end ask everybody to vote innocent/guilty for all 4 cases and announce results.
Debrief: what are your approaches to values and ethics in youth work?

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Tool overview

This tool is for

Youth workers, Youth Trainers

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism, Intercultural Learning, Conflict Management

It is recommended for use in:

Training and Networking
Capacity Building

Materials needed:

Printed stories


Around 90-100 min

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Barbara Moś, Piotr Warzyszyński

in the context of

Training Course "ToT 2021", Europe4Youth Association, Poland

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Barbara Moś (on 29 March 2023)

and last modified

24 April 2022

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