Social Work Ethics: Is a Moral Consensus Possible?(Report)
Women in Welfare Education 1996, Annual, 2
Women in Welfare Education
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Introduction Social Work as a profession is concerned about those people who are the most isolated, the disenfranchised and the poor in society. Social workers use their professional activity, skills, information and resources to address these inequalities and work toward individual and community empowerment (Holland and Kilpatrick 1991:138). In this task the social work profession argues that knowledge development, information and skills are not in themselves enough to carry out this particular professional and societal responsibility and the practice decisions which result. Although facts and skills are important, ethical judgements cannot be made on the grounds of factual information or professional skill alone. In this sense ethical decision making is recognised as an important component of practice (Fleck-Henderson 1991). Guidelines for ethical decision making are set out in the profession's Code of Ethics and are, in the main, regarded as a collective expression of agreed upon values which unite the social work profession nationally and internationally. In the social work curriculum the study of ethics is an important component of the professional development of the student.
- Category: Education
- Published: Jan 01, 1996
- Publisher: Women in Welfare Education Collective
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 28 Pages
- Language: English