Ethical Football


  • Dale Curry



Learning activity, Child and youth care ethics, Ethics training


Using a sports metaphor (U.S. football), this learning activity provides specific examples pertaining to the five major responsibility domains of the Standards for Practice of the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice. Some of the examples illustrate constructive ways of adhering to the standards while others are questionable and may violate some of the standards.


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How to Cite

Curry, D. (2023). Ethical Football. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 29.



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