Values and Ethics in Social Work

Values and Ethics in Social Work


By (author) Andrew Maynard, By (author) Chris Beckett


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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 240mm x 12mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 29 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1446203204
  • ISBN 13: 9781446203200
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 355,539

Product description

What are my values? What are the values of others around me? What are the values and ethics of the social work profession? An awareness of our own ethical assumptions, and how these inform our practice, is crucial for the student social worker. The second edition of this bestselling book is now split into two parts. Part 1 considers the foundations of every person's values and provides a background to moral philosophy. Part 2 examines key ethical issues and how they determine practice, such as using power, allocating resources, treating others with respect and celebrating diversity. For the second edition, two new chapters have been added to the book, on: - The political dimension in ethical decision making - Realism as a guiding ethical principle. Written in a uniquely straightforward style, everyday social work practice is the key focus throughout. Every chapter includes interactive exercises and case studies, challenging students to reflect on a range of practical dilemmas. Chris Beckett and Andrew Maynard's book is essential reading for all undergraduate and postgraduate social work students.

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Author information

Chris Beckett is a principal lecturer in social work at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is a bestselling author for SAGE and an award winning sci-fi writer. His books include, Human Growth and Development - 2e (2010), Essential Theory for Social Work Practice (2006), Child Protection - 2e (2007) and Values and Ethics in Social Work (2005).

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'A very promising second edition. I have used many parts of the first edition in my teaching and feel that the book has directly contributed to an increased understanding of the subject and higher assignment marks!' - Lee Pollard, Sheffield Hallam University The main advantage of this book is clarity and accessibility of the writing style. The authors are very honest in their writing, so students will find it easy to identify with them' - Valeria Carroll, University of Lincoln

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition Introduction PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF VALUES AND ETHICS What are Values and Ethics? Moral Philosophy Values and Religion Values and Politics Realism as an Ethical Principle PART TWO: VALUES AND ETHICS IN PRACTICE Being Professional Power and Control Self-Determination and Privacy Respect versus Oppression Ethics and Resources Difference and Diversity Afterword