Mastering Social Work Values and Ethics

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Dec 15, 2012 - Social Science - 168 pages
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Service users often say that the traits they most value in social workers are their ability to be non-judgmental, their listening skills and their sense of fairness: their strong ethical value base. But how can social workers ensure the decisions they make are ethically sound? This book offers guidelines to negotiating ethical dilemmas in various social work settings; from direct care work with individual service users to working within organisational and multidisciplinary contexts. It provides social workers with useful frameworks within which to re-visit their personal value base and enable more reflective, and therefore more effective, practice. Case studies and questionnaire style chapters encourage reassessment of values including views on abortion, female genital mutilation, drug and alcohol misuse and homosexuality. By assessing a range of dilemmas at both personal and organisational levels, this book offers the tools and resources to enable professionals and students to self-manage and develop their practice. This book is essential reading for social work students, practitioners, managers, practice teachers and assessors, and trainers, as well as those in allied professions.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Hilary Tompsett
6
Series Editor Foreword
8
Acknowledgements
10
Introduction
11
Setting the Context
14
Ethical Theories
34
Changing Values in Professional Life
58
Ethical Issues in Direct Work
87
Tools to Develop SelfAwareness
110
Ethical Issues in the Workplace
131
Conclusion
157
References
158
Subject Index
165
Author Index
166
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Farrukh Akhtar is an independent social worker with over 20 years of experience in the field. She is also a senior lecturer in social work at Kingston University, UK, where she teaches Applied Professional Ethics.

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