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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.

Knowledge and values for social work and social media
Knowledge and values for social work and social media

There is a body of literature emerging from the international social work community on ethical and professional values in social media use. Both Taylor’s (2017a, 2017b) and Turner’s (2016) work discuss practical and ethical issues relating to social work use of social media, and social work educators have developed and integrated social media into their professional training programmes. Ethical and professional social media use has also been incorporated into continuing professional development programmes across the UK. There is, however, a shortage of and limit to what we know to date about social media use in social work practice, and despite the abundance of connecting and relating opportunities, ...

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