* In subscribing to this Code, social workers are required to cooperate in its implementation, participate in NASW adjudication proceedings, and abide by any NASW disciplinary rulings or sanctions based on it (McGregor, 2018) 7. . What are three practices or behaviors that might violate the Code? Why?
Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice The social work profession and its Code of Ethics dictate that social workers must act in the best interest of the client, even when those actions challenge the practitioner’s personal, cultural and religious values. In practice; however, ethical decision-making is more complex than in theory. As helping professionals, social workers are constantly faced with ethical decision-making or ethical dilemmas. As noted by Banks (2005), an ethical dilemma occurs “when a worker is faced with a choice between two equally unwelcome alternatives that may involve a conflict of moral principles, and it is not clear what choice will be the right one” (as cited in McAuliffe & Chenoweth, 2008, p. 43).
Since social workers work with a variety of populations, they experience some dilemmas during delivering their services to clients, hence the need for ethical conduct. According to Barker (2003) an ethical dilemma refers to a situation that occurs when two or more moral values seem to be equally legal but contradictory and the practitioner is required to make the best possible choice from among them. So it is important to have ethics that will help in taking ethical decisions. Barker (2003) defines ethics as a system of moral principles and perceptions about right versus wrong and the resulting philosophy of conduct that is practiced by a
To be specific, if a social worker is trying to understand how a service user may be feeling right after they have confided in them about a traumatic event, for example, it may be detrimental to the therapeutic relationship if the social worker tunes out of the conversation to think back to a similar event in their own personal life. As a result, the social worker could be missing cues in the conversation while they are reminiscing in order to put themselves in the service user’s shoes and ultimately make the client feel as if they are being ignored. Personally, if I were in a situation in which I was a worker and my
If you do not actively follow the 5 care principles and actively promote anti discrimination. Health and social care professionals will then be drawn into the discrimination. Health and social care professionals need to discuss this with their manager or another person that they trust within the work setting. This is if the health and care professional does not feel that they, themselves cannot challenge the discrimination. Reporting also helps support it as this is challenging the anti discriminatory practice.
As a charge nurse, we have to be aware how this issue arises and how to overcome and manage this conflict. If this conflict causes an unhealthy situation and we are allowing it to develop , the side effect can result in lasting damage to the relationship between the staff not only in the working place but also a personal relationship. Conflict
Case Scenario Practicing in a school setting, there are numerous individuals in the same building looking to positively impact and change students’ lives. Interdisciplinary staff consistently work together to meet the various needs of the diverse student population. As the social worker, I am privy to the strengths and weaknesses of clients as they are presented to me by the student and his/her family and shared in interdisciplinary team meetings upon the consent to do so by the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s). Teachers are only present and involved in the interdisciplinary meetings when a student assigned to their class is being discussed.
Q 5 – Explain how diversity impacts on practices and experiences on person behaviour, interpersonal relationships, perception and social expectations of others. A – Acknowledge similarities and differences that exist between yourself, co-workers and clients. Culture plays an important part in a person’s behaviour, thoughts and how they relate towards others. An individual's cultural perceptions and expectations will directly impact on the way they work with each client and their co-workers; a failure to recognise cultural differences may cause serious problems when they are dealing with others in the workplace.
When using the ethical decision making model, it is important for counsellors to be self-aware as it will influence how they deal with the behaviours and choices of the client. Self-awareness includes being aware of their emotions, values and biases. A way to work through this is to discuss their feelings of discomfort with their supervisors or colleagues (Corey, Corey, & Callanan, 2011). Self-awareness is key to competent counselling so it logically ensues that it is key to ethical decision making in counselling. A counsellor’s sense of self is important in determining how personal values are enacted with clients and their issues.
Confidentiality is another ethical issue involved in the dilemma. Code 4.01 discusses the psychologist’s primary obligation to maintain the confidentiality of the client while also taking necessary precautions to protect any confidential information that has been gathered and stored. As previously stated, the confidentiality of both clients may be violated if they were to come into contact in Dr. Dee’s office. In Dr. Dee’s efforts to separate the clients in her office she could possibly acknowledge her affiliation to both clients, thus leading to a violation of confidentiality. Also, by continuing to treat Isabelle and Anthony, there is a potential risk of Dr. Dee accidentally sharing confidential information acquired from one client to the other.
The safety of the employees and clients is the number one protocol. Some of the ethical dilemmas include discrimination, racism and deception just to name a few. Some clinical workers may have to break the ethical code of conduct by falsifying information, withholding information, give misleading information just to gain important information needed from their client. Not only is the social workers ethical code of conduct an issue but it also conflicts with the law, workplace regulation and polices hindering the full capability of the social worker duty to keep clients information confidential. This includes sharing client’s information with co- workers or to those outside of the workplace.
If ACME becomes aware that an employee’s work performance has been impacted by domestic violence, ACME will offer support to the employee and work with the employee to address the issues. Possible actions include: developing a work plan with the employee, providing leave and other accommodations, providing referrals to support or advocacy agencies, advising employee of his or her rights regarding unemployment insurance, and to ensure the victim that his or her rights and privileges of employment are not impacted or compromised as a result of the
The National Association of Social Work created a code of ethics that guides social workers on what core values that they should uphold during work (NASW, 2008). When discussing social welfare policy’s, the NASW code of ethics can be applied to immigration due to social justice being one the core values. Social justice consists of fighting for rights for individuals who lack the access to resources. The immigrants that are discussed in the articles, have a lack of social justice due to the deportation. This is where social workers need to step in adjust the privileges and distributions within society.
(Crystal DeBoise) They have to find a way to incorporate these values if they want to work effectively with their clients. The article states how the social work Code of Ethics has a set of values that they tie into the principles they practice within their program. It also goes in detail about these social work values and potential barriers to understanding and accepting them, as they relate to the survivors of human trafficking and sex
I believe the six core values of the NASW code of Ethics, although the most germane to me, if I was a social worker, would dignity and worth of the person. Many times a client may feel embarrassed or self-blame in their situation. As social workers, it is important to empower our clients. When talking to a client, it is important to refer to them as a survivor rather than a victim. In the article, it explains techniques to identify and express feelings.