Social workers, whatever their specialism, practise with people at the margins of society. It is therefore essential that all social work students not only understand the powers and processes that lead to disadvantage and marginalisation but develop the knowledge and skills needed to bring about change and uphold social justice in all aspects of their professional practice. Split into three parts, this book considers what is meant by disadvantage and marginalisation, how this can come about and the impact this may have on lives, before unpicking the key knowledge and skills needed to practice effectively with individuals and groups. It then goes on to show what good ethical and reflective practice looks like, going step-by-step through the ins and outs of using the law and policy to bring about change before considering key ethical dilemmas in practice.

Ethical dilemmas in practice
Ethical dilemmas in practice
Achieving a social work degree

This chapter will help you to develop the following capabilities, to the appropriate level, from the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

Values and ethics

Understand and apply the profession’s ethical principles and legislation, taking account of these in reaching decisions.

Manage potentially conflicting or competing values, and, with guidance, recognise, reflect on and work with ethical dilemmas.

Demonstrate respectful partnership work with service users and carers, eliciting and respecting their needs and views, and promoting their participation in decision making wherever possible.

It will also introduce you to the following academic standards as set out in the social work subject benchmark statement.

  • 5.3.i–xii Values and ethics

The final substantive chapter will consider key ethical problems that may tax the social worker ...

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