Working Ethically in Child Protection.
Lonne, Bob. Harries, Maria. Featherstone, Brid. Gray, Mel.
xvii, 229 p.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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New York, NY 20017
Intended to prepare students and early career professionals for roles in the complex and challenging work of child protection and family support in the United Kingdom, this book explores the ethical issues surrounding child protection interventions and offers a process-oriented approach to ethical practice and decision making in child protection and family welfare practice. Following an introduction, Part 1 explores frameworks for ethical practice and provides an overview of the DECIDE (Define the problem, Ethical review, Consider options, Investigate outcomes, Decide on action, and Evaluate results) model. Chapters discuss the foundations of moral and ethical theory that inform ethical decision making, describe new and emerging theories, and explain the DECIDE model. Part 2 focuses on the context of child protection practice and includes chapters on competing perspectives on child protection and family welfare, system mandates, policy, theory, and practice, service-user and other perspectives, and the needs and circumstances of service users. Part 3 addresses professional ethics and ethical child protection and family welfare practice with chapters that examine the legal and organizational imperatives involved in ethical practice and key ethical principles. The final part focuses on practicing ethically and includes chapters on using a relational approach to child protection, applying an integrated framework by using the DECIDE model, working ethically across cultures to address father involvement, using information ethically, and understanding the role practitioner-led advocacy can play in the ongoing reform of child protection worldwide. Chapters conclude with reflective questions. Numerous references.
United Kingdom; ethics; professional conduct; child protection; child welfare agencies; child welfare services; decision making; worker client relationships; social workers