Ethical Dilemma Case Study: Representation Agreements

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The ethical decision that we came to at the conference was that there needed to be a collaboration of service providers to support Jenny, Gerry and their families. There was consensus that any intervention needed to be person-centered and respectful of the rights of Jenny and Gerry. As both Jenny and Gerry have Representation Agreements in place, those representatives would be involved unless Jenny and Gerry choose to revoke these agreements. The social worker representing the Ministry of Family and Child Development in BC was concerned for the safety of the child and wished to put forward a number of tests to determine whether Jenny and Gerry were capable of parenting. Jenny and Gerry would have to agree to this testing as the Ministry of …show more content…
I find that with me, the line between the personal and the professional is more than a little blurred. This is one of the reasons why I am hesitant to work in frontline social work again. I find that my personal morals and ethics need to work on a level playing field with my professional values and ethics. For example, I am, as mentioned before, personally pro-life. Because of this, I would never choose to work in an abortion clinic. But I am more than willing to provide all of the alternatives including abortion to my clients so that they can make their choices with a full education of their options. The choices they make are their choices, self-directed for what is the best fit for them and I would never want to be judgmental of that. While I have an interest in working in hospital setting within the mental health field, I would question my ability to work in a hospital setting with the upcoming laws regarding assisted suicide in Canada. I think that it is impossible to have impermeable barriers between the personal and the professional and that to even attempt to do so would be unhealthy. I would never want to see the day when my personal ethics and morals would be able to be compartmentalized to the point of being able to work professionally in such a way that it compromised …show more content…
This assignment has drawn attention to the fact that different social workers will have different ethical decision frameworks and decision making processes to myself and that I will have to be flexible in regards to that while still maintaining the same level of advocacy for my client. I guess what I have come to realize is that even with that advocacy, there is no telling whether the rights of my client will be acknowledged or supported. I will have to understand that in times like that, I may have to lose the battle in order to win the war. I may not have the needs or rights of my client met on a micro level but this should then give me the impetus to advocate on a mezzo and macro level for change to ensure that it happens in similar situations in the future. Individuals with disabilities and children have the same God-given rights that any other person does. Boss (2014) identifies that this ethical theory fails to “take into account the limitations that society places on certain groups of people is one of the major weaknesses of natural rights ethics” (p. 353) because traditional roles within society limit the marginalized such children or those with

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