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Mapped against UK regulatory bodies standards, this book responds to new complex issues raised by social media. Joanne Westwood draws on evidence and contemporary examples from practice to contextualise developments in social media and outline how this has shaped social work practice in recent years. She unpicks the potential pitfalls and opportunities social media presents for individual practice, organisations and service users. After using the case study questions, quizzes and reflective activities readers will be able to confidently apply their knowledge of the 4 key issues: privacy, confidentiality, regulation, and professional ethics and values.

The potentials and pitfalls of social media in social work
The potentials and pitfalls of social media in social work
Social media and professional social work

This chapter begins with a brief overview of how social media has emerged and started to influence social work practice. The professional regulatory and membership bodies have developed guidance on the use of social media in response to fitness to practice/misconduct cases involving the use of social media, and examples of these from all four UK nations are discussed in this chapter. Professional practice can only ever be partially informed by guidance, and our professional use of social media is bound up with our personal use, as the cases discussed here illustrate. Developing social media literacy requires us to engage ...

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