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Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice

Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice

Third Edition

November 2014 | 216 pages | Learning Matters

Applying values and ethics to social work practice is taught widely across the qualifying degree programme, on both Masters and BA courses. This book is a clear introduction to this subject and will help students develop their understanding by showing social work students how ethics can have positive impacts on the lives of vulnerable people. There are chapters on how social workers can make good ethical and value-based decisions when working with risk, and how the role of the social worker as professional can impact on service users.

Above all the book is a timely and clear introduction to the subject, with an emphasis on advocacy and empowerment and how the beginning social worker can start to apply these concepts.

Preparing for Social Work
Anti-Oppressive Practice
Principles and Consequences
Being Accountable
Managing Risk
Advocacy and Social Work Organisations
The Ethics of Partnership Working
Ethics in Social Work Organisations

Provides a different perspective to ethical practice

Dr Rose Envy
School of Social Sciences, Business and Law, Teesside University
January 16, 2020

This 3rd , revised edition remains one of our core / essential text for our 2nd year BASW module (SWK502) Social Work Ethics & Values. It provides a clear professional context alongside the application of key values, principles and ethics for SW practice at individual, collaborative and organisational levels. Full of helpful, concise research summaries, reflective exercises and case studies to further enhance and deepen the reader's understanding and application of ethically sound social work practice.

Mr David Gaylard
Social Work (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
July 30, 2016

Essential reader for an excellent understanding and appreciation of some of the critical ethical issues that can arise for social work practititioners

Ms Angie Boyle
Soc Wrk & Applied Behaviour (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
November 26, 2015

This book is student friendly, accessible and is a very good introduction to ethics and values. The presentation is clear and very well organised. It considers the role of advocacy and empowerment which is essential in the social work role. The use of case studies helps to assist the reader to grasp and consolidate their learning.

School of Human Sciences, Swansea University
January 27, 2016

Not all our student will go onto social work however some are interested in finding out more so this is a useful text for additional reading

Mrs Annette Helliwell
Health , Croydon College
March 3, 2016

I have used this book especially at first year level of the under-graduate programme. A must read for those at this stage of study.

Dr Bridget Ng'andu
Social Work, Ruskin College
June 13, 2015

This books provides a comprehensive overview of the subject of values and ethics. It is easy to read and understand without being too simplistic.

Mrs Caroline Larmour
University of Cumbria, University of Cumbria
June 9, 2015

An excellent book for examining values and ethical dilemmas encountered in a social worker's daily practice. This topic is part of an assignment so is very useful for students.

Mrs Ruth Mawdsley
Health and Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
June 5, 2015

We are already recommending the previous edition of this text and are happy to recommend this updated addition

Mr John Sturgeon
School of Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland
April 13, 2015

Easily readable for our students who do not have a background in welfare work.

Mrs Bridget Main
Joint School of Specialist Welfare, Ministry of Defence
April 13, 2015

1.     Updated with Professional Capability Framework 
2.     More material on the Welfare Reform Act 2012
3.    A new Chapter on Global Ethics and Social Work

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Ch.1: The context of social work practice

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