Ethical Issues in Social Work

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Business & Economics - 200 pages
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It has always been recognised that the practice of social work raises ethical questions. This collection of essays explores these questions in the light of recent developments in philosophy and in social work theory and practice.It has always been recognised that the practice of social work raises ethical questions and dilemmas. Recently, however, traditional ways of addressing ethical issues in social work have come to seem inadequate, as a result of developments both in philosophy and in social work theory and practice. This collection of thought-provoking essays explores the ethics of social work practice on the light of these changes.Ethical Issues in Social Work provides up to date critical analyses of the ethical implications of new legislation in community care and criminal justice, and of trends in social work thought and policy, such as managerialism, user empowerment, feminism and anti-oppressive practice.This study provides important and stimulating reading for social work students and their teachers, and for all practitioners and managers who are concerned about the ethical dimensions of their work.
 

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Contents

Ethical issues in social work an overview
1
THE MEANSENDS RELATIONSHIP
2
DECONTEXTUALISATION
3
POLITICISATION
5
THE CONTEMPORARY SITUATION
6
RETHINKING SOCIAL WORK ETHICS
8
THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK
12
In search of the holy grail
16
CODES ETHICS PRACTICE
96
CONCLUSION
99
Feminist ethics in practice
104
THE FEMINIST CRITIQUE
106
FEMINIST SOCIAL WORK AS EMPOWERMENT
108
TOWARDS FEMINIST ANTIDISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE
114
Managerialism and the ethics of management
120
SUPPORT FOR STAFF
129

STARTING ANTIRACISM
17
UTILITARIANISM
22
DIFFERING GOALS
32
Ethical issues in social work research
46
RESEARCH METHODS AND SOCIAL WORK
49
RESEARCH INTERPRETATION
52
RESEARCH TOPIC CHOICE
55
CLIENT PROTECTION
58
CODA
61
Confidentiality accountability and the boundaries of clientworker relationships
65
DEFINING CONFIDENTIALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
66
THREE DIALOGUES
68
COMMENT
76
CONCLUSION
80
CODA FOR PRACTICE
81
The morally active practitioner and the ethics of antiracist social work
84
ETHICS AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY
85
ANTIRACISM AND SOCIAL WORK
90
THE USE OF POWER
130
LEADERSHIP STYLE
132
CONCLUSION
133
Enforced altruism in community care
136
THE POLITICAL AND PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT OF COMMUNITY CARE POLICIES AND PRACTICE
138
ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN PRACTICE
140
ENFORCED ALTRUISM
144
Can social work empower?
155
WHAT IS EMPOWERMENT?
156
SOCIAL WORK AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
158
SOCIAL WORKERS AS SURVIVORS
163
EMPOWERING SOCIAL WORK
165
Towards a new view of probation values
174
THE LIMITS OF GENERICISM
175
THE RISE OF BENEVOLENT CORPORATISM
179
CONCLUSION
188
Index
199
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About the author (1995)

Richard Hugman is Professor and Head of the School of Social Work at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

David Smith made his first literary bones during the go-man-go heyday of the early 1980s at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California. His books include WHITE TIME (Off Beat Pulp Press, 2009), Closer to Jesus (Ouija Madness Press, 1982), Genocide Sutra (Rose of Sharon Press), and Rockets Redglare (Green Panda Press).

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