Ethical Dilemma In Social Care

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The aim of this written assessment will be to present the reader with an encounter of an ethical dilemma that a social worker may come across while working with clients within the mental health system and show how interpretation, how different dilemmas will impact on practice and how the impacts influence the delivery of services for the resolution approaches.
An ethical dilemma happens when no matter what the course of action is taken, some ethical principle is compromised. In other words, there is no perfect solution. Laws and policies of the agency are often involved in complex cases and social workers are legally obligated to take a particular course of action. It is essential that there is a distinction made between personal and professional
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A social worker does not Breach privacy and confidentiality without just cause. A client may disclose things in a session that the social workers need to report, but they may feel that they need to keep the privacy of their clients; however, as a worker there are certain rules that are needed to be worked to. There is a need to involve the client as much as possible so that they can see that the worker is there to help them. This is one of the workers’ core values and could be the oldest value that underpins the social work profession (Bowles et al. …show more content…
This poses another consern as the information that is shared by the client to the worker is private and confidential; the family may wish to know what is happening with regards to the client/family member. If the worker is faced with a decision to the need to tell them what is happen with the client, but they have a right for their information to be kept in confidences and private, but the family may need to know things, the worker has the responsibility to keep the respect for the client and the relationship that they have made in therapy. The worker may find that they may need to disclose certain information about the client but keep a lot of the information private. This may give the family a small insight into how the client is coping with treatment/counselling (Meadows et al. 2001). The contrast between the private and general information sharing need to be understood, general information may be shared without consent from the client as this is not breaking the confidentiality of the

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