Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice

Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice

By: Linda Bell (author), Dr. Trish Hafford-Letchfield (author)Paperback

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A framework of ethics and values forms the foundation of social workers' professional identities. Ethics and values should shape the way that social workers practice and how they impact upon the lives of the service users they work to support. In a fast-moving world influenced by shifting policy, tight budgets and changing practice standards, students and practitioners need to anchor their understanding of themselves to clear principles for ethical practice. Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice is a brand new text offering students and social work practitioners a contemporary and relevant introduction to the central role of ethics and values in their work. In addition to a grounding in the major trends in ethics applied to social work, this book also provides perspectives on: How to situate ethics and values in social work practiceHow to understand ethics as part of reflective practice as both student and practitionerHow ethics and values link to concepts of power, diversity and social justiceThe role of ethics and values in interprofessional and partnership working The guiding principles and ethics inherent in relationship-based social work. The book supports student learning by providing: Discussion points to allow time for individual reflection or ethical debates Case studies based on likely scenarios from practice, with reflection points to help social workers engage with the issues raisedChapter summaries and key points for social work practice to reinforce the relevance of your learning to real social work practiceA glossary of key terms as a reference for key ethics terms and concepts. Contributors: Pat Cartney, Jean Dillon, Souzy Dracopoulou, Ann Flynn, Alison Higgs, Mina Hyare , Colin Whittington, Margaret Whittington and Tom Wilks."This is an excellent edited reader providing students and practitioners with a grounding in ethics and values whilst linking these to specific practice and the development of professional identity, inclusion and reflective practice. This book will be an essential reader for those in qualifying social work programmes, ASYE staff, practitioners and academics." Hugh McLaughlin, Professor of Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK"This book provides an exceptional expose of ethics and values in social work practice. Conceptual clarity and critical presentations of contemporary debates are presented in a systematic text. It is written in an accessible style and the content will prove valuable to social work students, practitioners and researchers alike. This is one of the most comprehensive books on ethics and values in social work practice available in the market." Professor Lambert Engelbrecht, Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

About Author

Linda Bell is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Education at Middlesex University, UK. She has researched various aspects of health and social care practice including collaborative working, ethics, gender issues and parenting. In addition to her publications in books and leading journals, she has extensive experience of teaching professional students including social workers, with a focus on research methodology and ethics, and is particularly interested in the ethical aspects of research practice. Trish Hafford-Letchfield is an Associate Professor in Social Work in the School of Health and Education at Middlesex University, UK where she is Programme Leader for an interprofessional leadership programme. Trish is widely published in leadership, management and organizational development, anti-oppressive practice and the quality of care for older people and sexuality in Social Work.


Part 1: Linking ethics and values to professional identity, inclusive and reflective practiceSituating ethics and values in social work practice Major trends in applied ethics, including the ethics of social work The contribution of education and learning for ethical practice: Situating ethics and values within the social work continuum Ethics, values and social work identity(ies) Links between reflective practice, ethics and values Part 2: Themes for social work practice: `Power, `Social justice', `Partnership', `Diversity and difference' and `Relationship-based practice' Power Partnership working, ethics and social work practice Diversity and Difference Relationship-based practice Social justice Afterword

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  • ISBN13: 9780335245291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9780335245291
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  • ISBN10: 0335245293

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