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Chapter 7: The Ethics of Relationship Based Social Work

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The Ethics of Relationship Based Social Work
The ethics of relationship based social work
Introduction

When students are asked about their motivations to become social workers they frequently say that they want a job in which they are ‘helping people’. Sometimes they have had experience of a helping role and it is this that has started them thinking about making social work their career. But, as well as this practical experience and thought, their motivations are often based on impulsive elements – expressions of unchosen inner drives to work in a helping capacity.

Social work education has the task of honing and directing these drives so that they become informed and transformed by the disciplines of theory, practical experience and professional ethics. But with regard to relationship based ...

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