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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics$
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Divya Jindal-Snape and Elizabeth F.S. Hannah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308997

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308997.001.0001

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Child protection social work in times of uncertainty

Child protection social work in times of uncertainty

dilemmas of personal and professional ethics

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(p.119) Eight Child protection social work in times of uncertainty
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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics
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Lynn Kelly

John Young

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308997.003.0008

This chapter outlines some of the tensions that social workers who work in a child protection context face on a day to day basis. The chapter argues that social workers have a duty to use their knowledge and skills to challenge systems that fail to recognise their professional autonomy. Social workers in this context must consider the moral aspects of their role and be prepared at times to resist the demands made upon them if these demands are believed to be incompatible with the moral and ethical stance of themselves as professionals and as individuals. The chapter uses a case study to highlight particular problems and the implications for the social worker on both a professional and personal level. The authors make the case for a shift in social work education that puts ethics, role, resistance and responsibility at its core and relegates procedure, competencies, procedure and codified ways of being to the margins of the social work learning experience.

Keywords:   ethics of social work, social work education, child protection, role of social workers, resistance

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