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Accounting for ethical difficulties in social welfare work : issues, problems and dilemmas.

Banks, S. and Williams, R. (2005) 'Accounting for ethical difficulties in social welfare work : issues, problems and dilemmas.', British journal of social work., 35 (7). pp. 1005-1022.

Abstract

This paper is a preliminary exploration of social welfare practitioners’ accounts of ‘ethically difficult situations’. It describes variations in the ethical vocabulary and form of these accounts. Analysis of practitioners’ own accounts (as opposed to ‘textbook’ cases) draws attention to the ways they construct events, actions and qualities of character as ethically significant and highlights the qualitative distinctiveness of ethical dilemmas, where seemingly irresolvable choices leave a residue of moral loss, regret or guilt.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Ethics, Social welfare work, Accounts, Dilemmas.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (353Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch199
Publisher statement:This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British journal of social work following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Banks, S. and Williams, R. (2005) 'Accounting for ethical difficulties in social welfare work : issues, problems and dilemmas.' , British journal of social work., 35 (7), pp. 1005-1022, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch199
Record Created:15 Aug 2008
Last Modified:16 Aug 2011 09:31

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