Residential Child Care: Collaborative Practice is an innovative book which addresses the specific context of modern residential child care while promoting collaborative practice within a wider social work setting. The book analyzes the collaborative role of organizations, field workers, parents, teachers, and children, and stresses how these interprofessional relationships are crucial to ensuring children’s wellbeing. Comprehensive and accessible, the book includes learning outcomes, activities, and case studies to help aid students’ understanding. The book successfully balances its theoretical context with a focus on practice, making it an invaluable resource for students and practitioners. It will be useful for social work and social care students, trainee residential workers, and professionals who have an interest in working with looked after children.
Chapter 3: Understanding Ethics in Collaborative Practice
Understanding Ethics in Collaborative Practice
Social work and social care are underpinned by a particular set of principles that should help define the tasks of social workers and residential workers and inform their methods of work. These principles, which include concepts such as the preservation of the service users' dignity, and the promotion of respect, individuality and equality, should permeate all of the activities that are undertaken in the name of social work and social care. However, while claiming to share these core values, it appears that social workers and residential workers approach the task of providing care for children from different standpoints. Furthermore, when social workers or residential workers have contact with practitioners from other disciplines, it may seem that ...