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Values and Ethics in Social Work 3ed

by Chris Beckett, Andrew Maynard and Peter Jordan SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
05/2017
ISBN:
9781473974807
Format:
Hbk 200 pages
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An awareness of one’s own ethical assumptions and how these inform everyday practice is crucial for all student social workers. Social workers who genuinely wish to do the right thing by their services users have no alternative but to constantly think and rethink the principles and assumptions that inform their actions, and this book supports them on their journey to do just that.


 


This third edition is set out in two parts: Part I deals with broad ideas about values and ethics in general, looking at philosophy, religion and politics, as well as the duty of realism. Part II takes the discussion further, looking at how these general principles are relevant to everyday practice, with chapters on the use and misuse of power, the idea of self-determination, and the challenges of working with people whose experience and outlook are different to one’s own.


 


 


 

Introduction
PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF VALUES AND ETHICS
What are Values and Ethics?
Moral Philosophy
Values and Religion
Values and Politics
Realism as an Ethical Principle
PART II: VALUES AND ETHICS IN PRACTICE
Being Professional
Uses and abuses of power
Risk and blame
Self-determination and privacy
Respect or oppression
Limited resources
Difference and diversity

Values and ethics in Social Work’ is an essential source for student social workers. Its clarity and accessibility make it an invaluable learning source.

Chris Beckett qualified as a social worker in the 1980s, and worked in the field for 18 years, first as a social worker and then as a manager, latterly as the manager of a children and families social work team. Like most social workers who qualified at that time, he started out as a ‘generic’ social worker, working with a range of service users including children and families, old people, and people with mental health problems and disabilities, but his predominant area of work was with children and families.


He moved into academic social work in 2000, working first at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. In addition to his social work text books, he has published academic articles on a variety of topics including the use of military language in social work, the importance of realism as an ethical principle, and statistics from Sweden about child abuse, following the legal ban there on corporal punishment. His main research area, however, has been decision-making in court proceedings about children, and decision-making about children more generally.


Chris has a parallel career as a writer of literary science fiction. (More information about his fiction can be found at color=blue>www.chris-beckett.com.) He won the Edge Hill Short Fiction prize for his story collection, The Turing Test, and the Arthur C. Clarke award for his novel Dark Eden. He is now a full-time writer. His view is that ‘academic’ and ‘creative’ writing have more in common than might at first sight appear: in both cases the author begins with a jumble of ideas that seem to him to be in some way linked together, and attempts, in large part by a combination of intuition and trial and error, to impose some shape and structure.


Chris has three adult children, and lives in Cambridge with his wife Maggie and sundry animals.


Andrew Maynard - Anglia Ruskin University, UK


Peter Jordan qualified as a social worker and worked with children and families in a variety of settings, including a Children’s Centre. He has been involved with teaching in Higher Education since 2006, first with the Open University and, since 2009, as a fulltime lecturer at the University of East Anglia. He has been involved in research about children’s views and experiences of the child protection process. His main research interests are in ethics in professional life and interprofessional working, but he is also interested in the ways that newly qualified workers manage their entry into the profession.


Peter has a daughter and lives with her and her mum in Norwich.