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Ethical Practice in Social Work


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Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Part One: Challenges for ethical practice 1. Social work in its environment 2. Context of professional practice 3. What ethics? Part Two: Meeting the challenge - social work ethics 4. Codes of ethics 5. The purpose of social work Part Three: Social work and ethics in practice 6. Autonomy, paternalism and self-determination 7. Privacy and confidentiality 8. Social control and toleration Part Four: Ethics - The source of power in social work 9. Ethical decision-making 10. Ethics: The source of power in social work References Index

About the Author

Wendy Bowles is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Charles Sturt University and co-author of Research for Social Workers. She has served on the National Ethics Committee of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Michael Collingridge is Professor and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Charles Sturt University, and has taught and researched in professional ethics and law for many years. Steven Curry is Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, and has worked with government and professional organisations on issues of ethics and professional practice. Bruce Valentine is Lecturer in Social Work at Charles Sturt University and has extensive experience in the fields of health and welfare.

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