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Ethics and Values in Social Work : Practical Social Work - Sarah Banks

Ethics and Values in Social Work

Practical Social Work

Paperback Published: 30th March 2012
ISBN: 9780230300170
Number Of Pages: 278

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This thoroughly revised edition of a modern social work classic textbook from a leading international author, offers a clear and systematic account of professional ethics in relation to social work practice, framed within a global context, and combines a sound grasp of theoretical issues with a sharp focus on the latest policy and practice.
Ethics and Values in Social Work successfully synthesises the complex ideas and concepts that characterise social work's value base. Written with Banks' trademark accessibility and theoretical rigour, this book will continue to be an invaluable resource for all students, educators and practitioners of social work.

Reviews of the Fourth Edition: 'The newest edition of Banks' enormously valuable Ethics and Values in Social Work provides readers with a richly nuanced examination of complex issues viewed through multiple conceptual lenses.' - Professor Frederic G. Reamer, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, US 'This gem of a book will be of extraordinary help to social work practitioners, instructors and students who on a daily basis confront ethical challenges. Not only does Banks clarify the meaning of ethics and values but she also uses real-world case studies to demonstrate ethically guided practice. Readers will acquire new insight and understanding from this latest work by one of our foremost contemporary scholars on integrating values, ethics and practice.' - Professor Cynthia Bisman, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, USA "Students and practitioners around the world will appreciate Banks' comprehensive discussions of practice cases and ethical theories. A great contribution.' - Lynne M. Healy, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut, USA Reviews of the previous edition: '... provides a comprehensive yet deep analysis on the ever changing context of social work practice... useful for academics teaching practical ethics, for social work students, and a real windfall for social work practitioners...' - British Journal of Social Work 'Excellent overview for social work students that comprehensively addresses key issues for consideration.' - Kim Robinson, Lecturer in Social Work, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, UK '... combines an easy to read style with key information around the subject.' - Dave Mason, Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University, UK 'Essential reading for social work students.' - Tanya Moore, School of Social, Community and Health Studies, University of Hertfordshire, UK

List of figures, lists and tablesp. xiii
List of practice focus boxesp. xv
Preface to the fourth editionp. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xxiv
Introductionp. 1
The current context of social workp. 1
Terminology: 'social work', 'social workers' and 'service users'p. 2
Terminology: 'ethics' and 'values'p. 4
Ethics, religion and politicsp. 9
Rationale and aims of the bookp. 11
The structure of the bookp. 15
Ethical challenges in social workp. 17
Introductionp. 17
The ethical, the technical and the legalp. 18
Ethical issues, problems and dilemmasp. 19
What are the ethical challenges in social work?p. 20
Social work as a human services professionp. 26
Social work and state welfare systemsp. 27
Blame and guilt in social workp. 30
Conclusionsp. 34
Principle-based approaches to social work ethicsp. 39
Introductionp. 39
The place of religious ethicsp. 40
Principlesp. 41
Respect and autonomy in the social work relationship: duty-based principlesp. 42
Promoting welfare and justice in society: utilitarian principlesp. 49
Commitments to emancipation and social justice: the challenge of radical and anti-oppressive principlesp. 53
'Common morality' approaches to ethicsp. 55
Conclusionsp. 65
Character and relationship-based approaches to social work ethicsp. 69
Introductionp. 69
The importance of character in the professional role: virtue-based approachesp. 71
The caring relationship between professional and service user: the 'ethics of care'p. 77
Responding to the call of the other: the ethics of proximityp. 82
Diversity, narrative and constructionism: postmodern ethics?p. 84
The fragmentation of valuep. 87
Elements of professional ethics: principles, character, care and relationshipsp. 89
Towards a situated ethics of social justicep. 92
Conclusionsp. 95
Principles into practice: professionalism and codes of ethicsp. 102
Introductionp. 102
The traditional model of professionalism and trait theoryp. 102
Professional codes of ethics for social workp. 108
The components of codes of ethicsp. 110
The functions of codes of ethicsp. 114
Some limitations and critiques of codes of ethicsp. 116
Conclusionsp. 121
Service users' rights: clienthood, citizenship, consumerism and activismp. 126
Introductionp. 126
Rights as valid claimsp. 127
Human rightsp. 129
Universal versus particular and absolute versus conditional rightsp. 132
Relational rights and responsibilitiesp. 134
Democratic professionalism, consumerism or radicalism?p. 147
Conclusionsp. 155
Social workers' responsibilities: policies, procedures and managerialismp. 159
Introductionp. 159
Dutiesp. 160
'Relational duties' or responsibilitiesp. 161
Social work as a 'role-job' with specific dutiesp. 163
Conflicting responsibilitiesp. 164
The professional is personal: vocation and commitment in social workp. 166
The professional is political: challenging injustices and 'blowing the whistle'p. 169
The separation of personal, professional and agency values and lifep. 173
Committed/radical, professional, technical-bureaucratic and quasi-business models of practicep. 178
The growth of managerialism, authoritarianism and marketization: the case of Britainp. 186
Ethics in bureaucratic and quasi-business settings: defensive, reflective and reflexive practicep. 189
Conclusionsp. 191
Ethical problems and dilemmas in practicep. 196
Introductionp. 196
Ethical judgementsp. 197
Ethical judgements in contextp. 200
Ethical decision-making and 'ethics work'p. 202
Practitioners' accounts of ethical difficultiesp. 205
Developing the reflective and reflexive practitioner: case examples from trainee social workersp. 207
When is blame and guilt justified? Case examples from experienced practitionersp. 218
Courage and commitment in multiprofessional working: a team manager's casep. 228
Conclusionsp. 236
Referencesp. 242
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780230300170
ISBN-10: 0230300170
Series: Practical Social Work
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 30th March 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.9  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised