Values and Ethics in Social Work: An Introduction

Values and Ethics in Social Work: An Introduction

by Chris Beckett, Andrew Maynard
     
 

This lively and readable text has been designed to introduce students to the values and ethics framework that structures training and practice. It successfully bridges the gap between theory and practice, and explores the complexities of ethical issues while recognizing the real-world context in which social workers operate.

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This lively and readable text has been designed to introduce students to the values and ethics framework that structures training and practice. It successfully bridges the gap between theory and practice, and explores the complexities of ethical issues while recognizing the real-world context in which social workers operate.

Key features of the book include:

    · Hands-on advice and tips for professional practice;
    · An engaging and student-friendly approach- packed with case studies, exercises, key definitions and summaries;
    · Comprehensive content- exploring issues such as moral philosophy, professionalism, religion, power, oppression, difference and diversity, and ethical codes of practice;
    · It satisfies the curriculum and training requirements for the new social work degree.
Values and Ethics in Social Work is essential reading for all social work undergraduates and maps directly on to first year courses. It is also an ideal refresher text for upper-level undergraduate, postgraduate and post-qualifying students, as well as for professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Contemporary Social Services
"This book is a worthy addition to the literature, and anyone who is engaged in educating students regarding values and ethics would likely find it useful. This text is successful at "starting where the student is" when entering into the often charged territory of values. Backett and Maynard have understood clearly that students often need moreguidance in examining their own values and assumptions, and how these lead us to very different ways of thinking about ethical dilemmas. It would be a helpful resource in approaching the teaching of values and ethics in social work. "— Suzanne Bushfield
The Journal of Contemporary Social Services - Suzanne Bushfield
"This book is a worthy addition to the literature, and anyone who is engaged in educating students regarding values and ethics would likely find it useful. This text is successful at "starting where the student is" when entering into the often charged territory of values. Backett and Maynard have understood clearly that students often need moreguidance in examining their own values and assumptions, and how these lead us to very different ways of thinking about ethical dilemmas. It would be a helpful resource in approaching the teaching of values and ethics in social work."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412901390
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.53(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Beckett qualified as a social worker in the 1980s, and worked in the field for 18 years, first as a social worker and then as a manager, latterly as the manager of a children and families social work team. Like most social workers who qualified at that time, he started out as a ‘generic’ social worker, working with a range of service users including children and families, old people, and people with mental health problems and disabilities, but his predominant area of work was always with children and families.

He moved into academic social work in 2000, working first at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and then at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. In addition to his social work text books, he has published academic articles on a variety of topics including the use of military language in social work, the importance of realism as an ethical principle, and statistics from Sweden about child abuse, following the legal ban there on corporal punishment. His main research area has been decision-making in court proceedings about children, and decision-making about children more generally.

Chris has a parallel career as a writer of literary science fiction, and has achieved some acclaim in this field. He won the Edge Hill Short Fiction prize for his story collection, The Turing Test, and the Arthur C. Clarke award for his novel Dark Eden. He now divides his time between his academic career and his fiction writing. More information about his fiction can be found at www.chris-beckett.com. His view is that ‘academic’ and ‘creative’ writing have more in common than might at first sight appear: in both cases the author begins with a jumble of ideas that seem to him to be in some way linked together, and attempts, in large part by a combination of intuition and trial and error, to impose some shape and structure.

Chris has three adult children, and lives in Cambridge with his wife Maggie and sundry animals.

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