Essay about Social Work Ethics

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Ethics and Values in social work

There is a direct link between values and actions. When we perform an action we, and the act itself, may be judged according to the values expressed through that action (Shardlow 1989:p2)

This assignment will discuss this statement by outlining how professional interpretation emerges from the way dilemmas between different values are resolved. The assignment considers a number of social work values including ‘Respect to persons’ and ‘Self-Determinism’. Guidelines on ethical practice are included because their role in determining action based social work is significant. Throughout the assignment the relationship between ethical issues and value judgements will be examined in relation to
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Biestek (1961), whose ‘seven principles of case work’ influence the current values in BASW’s code of ethics (Hugman & Smith 1995), used terms of ‘individualisation’, ‘acceptance’ and ‘non-judgmental approaches’ to identify that not only does each individual hold unique qualities, but that a worker has to view the c!

lient in a positive manner and not judge the client by their actions (Banks 1995).This basis for practice can also be seen in works by Rogers (1961), who used the term ‘unconditional positive regard’ to express a valuing of a client, no matter what actions or values they have expressed (Mearns and Thorne 1988). In respect to the scenario, it is apparent that workers at the unit have made judgements about Robert due to his offence, which highlights their own values. Self-determination or self-realisation can be seen as derived from ‘respect for persons’ (Ovretveit 1986). It can certainly be viewed as one of the dominant values in social work (Shardlow 1989, Jamal 1994, Horne 1987). If, however, a social worker is guided by the presumption that a client can be ‘improved’ by their input then they are not acknowledging that values are human inventions, and risk imposing their own values on a client (Horne 1987). It has been observed that self-determination remains problematic “ins!

ofar as its apparent stress on the

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