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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.

Social media and social work professional development
Social media and social work professional development

This chapter explores several resources to inform practice which provide both students and social work educators with opportunities to explore the ethical issues that might arise and how they and their agencies and institutions might respond. There are several ways in which social media is used in social work education. Its inclusion in social work teaching has been found to encourage students’ collaborations, information evaluation and professional decision making, establishing professional and peer networks, promoting social justice and advocacy, and contributing to students gaining a sense of mastery (Iverson Hitchcock and Battista, 2013). Key recommendations stemming from Iverson Hitchcock and Battista’s (2013) work include:

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