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Ethics, values and social work practice

Ethics, values and social work practice

Bell, Linda, author; Hafford-Letchfield, Trish, author

A framework of ethics and values forms the foundation of social workers' professional identities. Ethics and values should shape the way that social workers practice and how they impact upon the lives of the service users they work to support. In a fast-moving world influenced by shifting policy, tight budgets and changing practice standards, students and practitioners need to anchor their understanding of themselves to clear principles for ethical practice. Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice is a brand new text offering students and social work practitioners a contemporary and relevant introduction to the central role of ethics and values in their work. In addition to a grounding in the major trends in ethics applied to social work, this book also provides perspectives on: How to situate ethics and values in social work practice How to understand ethics as part of reflective practice as both student and practitioner How ethics and values link to concepts of power, diversity and social justice The role of ethics and values in interprofessional and partnership working The guiding principles and ethics inherent in relationship-based social work. The book supports student learning by providing: Discussion points to allow time for individual reflection or ethical debates Case studies based on likely scenarios from practice, with reflection points to help social workers engage with the issues raised Chapter summaries and key points for social work practice to reinforce the relevance of your learning to real social work practice A glossary of key terms as a reference for key ethics terms and concepts. Contributors: Pat Cartney, Jean Dillon, Souzy Dracopoulou, Ann Flynn, Alison Higgs, Mina Hyare, Colin Whittington, Margaret Whittington and Tom Wilks "This is an excellent edited reader providing students and practitioners with a grounding in ethics and values whilst linking these to specific practice and the development of professional identity, inclusion and reflective practice. This book will be an essential reader for those in qualifying social work programmes, ASYE staff, practitioners and academics." Hugh McLaughlin, Professor of Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK "This book provides an exceptional expose of ethics and values in social work practice. Conceptual clarity and critical presentations of contemporary debates are presented in a systematic text. It is written in an accessible style and the content will prove valuable to social work students, practitioners and researchers alike. This is one of the most comprehensive books on ethics and values in social work practice available in the market." Professor Lambert Engelbrecht, Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Published Maidenhead : Open University Press 2015
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Statement of responsibility: by Linda Bell and Trish Hafford-Letchfield
ISBN: 0335245307, 9780335245291, 9780335245307
Note: It is fundamental that social work students and practitioners have a sound grasp of ethics and values, and an understanding of how they relate to social work practice. This book offers a perspective on ethics and values in the context of everyday social work practice, and provides an accessible route into the key theories.
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 148 pages)
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities and Social Sciences Health and Social Welfare Ser.
Subject: Social service Moral and ethical aspects.; SOCIAL SCIENCE Human Services.; Social workers Professional ethics.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Public Policy Social Services & Welfare.
Series Title: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities and Social Sciences Health and Social Welfare Ser.
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  1. Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice
  2. Ethics, Values and Social Work Practice
  3. Praise for this book
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. About the authors
  7. Foreword
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. Glossary of key terms
  10. Part 1: Linking ethics and values to professional identity, inclusive and reflective practice
  11. 1 Situating ethics and values in social work practice
  12. 2 Major trends in applied ethics, including the ethics of social work
  13. 3 The contribution of education and learning for ethical practice:situating ethics and values within the social work continuum
  14. 4 Ethics, values and social work identity(ies)
  15. 5 Links between reflective practice, ethics and values
  16. Part 2: Themes for social work practice: 'Power','Social justice', 'Partnership', 'Diversity and difference'and 'Relationship-based practice'
  17. 6 Power
  18. 7 Partnership working, ethics and social work practice
  19. 8 Diversity and difference
  20. 9 Relationship-based practice
  21. 10 Social justice
  22. Afterword: Reflecting on ethics and values
  23. continuing the journey
  24. References
  25. Index
  26. Adverts