If social work students are to flourish in their careers, and go beyond a basic sense of ‘competence’ in practice, it is essential to develop a sense of Professional Self. This book will help students develop critical understanding of their own social work practice, and the tools and skills required to become a professional social worker.

Ethical Tensions in Social Work

Steven M. Shardlow

Ethical Tensions in Social Work

Ethical tensions in social work
Steven M. Shardlow


There are two long-standing and enduring sets of ethical questions about social work: ‘Who should be helped?’ and ‘How should social workers behave?’. The first set of questions is centred upon debates about either who should receive social work help or who should be the recipient of an intervention in their lives by social workers. These debates, while they may appear similar, are not of necessity grounded in the same principles, as some people that may not want to receive help are legally required to accept social work involvement in their lives, by virtue of the legal requirement to protect others or the individual in question! By asking questions about who ...

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