In social work there is seldom an uncontroversial `right way'' of
doing things. So how will you deal with the value questions and
ethical dilemmas that you will be faced with as a professional
This lively and readable introductory text is designed to equip
students with a sound understanding of the principles of values and
ethics which no social worker should be without. Bridging the gap
between theory and practice, this book successfully explores the
complexities of ethical issues, while recognising the real-world
context in which social workers operate.
Key features of the text include:
- Full of hands-on advice and tips for professional
- Engaging and student-friendly. Each chapter is packed with
case studies, reader exercises, key definitions and useful
- Comprehensive content. The book explores core issues such as
moral philosophy; professionalism; religion; power; oppression;
difference and diversity; and ethical codes of practice.
- Satisfies all the curriculum and training requirements for the
new social work degree.
Mapping directly on to first year courses, this text is
essential reading for all social work undergraduates. It is an
ideal refresher text for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduate
and post-qualifying students, and for professionals.
`This introductory text succeeds in providing an accessible
introduction to the subject area. The book is consistently
structured, well planned and uniformly written in a conversational
and immediate style?. The discussion manages to combine a sense of
engagement with a balanced treatment of the issues. Readers who
apply themselves will be well sensitised to the matters under
discussion and should be able to take their understanding into the
practical arena'' - Chris Clark, University of