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Integrity in professional life : issues of conduct, commitment and capacity.

Banks, S.J. (2010) 'Integrity in professional life : issues of conduct, commitment and capacity.', British journal of social work., 40 (7). pp. 2168-2184.

Abstract

This article explores the nature of professional integrity, considering the questions ‘what is professional integrity?’ and ‘how do social welfare practitioners perform as people of integrity in the course of their professional work?’ The focus is on social welfare work, with a particular emphasis on social work as practised in England. Three versions of professional integrity are identified as: morally right conduct; commitment to a set of deeply held values; and a capacity for reflexive sense-making and reliable accountability. These are explored through examples from professional misconduct cases in social care and accounts from professional practitioners about their working lives. Key elements of professional integrity are identified and implications for policy, practice and education are considered.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Professional integrity, Codes of conduct, Professional values, Virtue ethics.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (437Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcp152
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. J. (2009) 'Integrity in professional life : issues of conduct, commitment and capacity.', British journal of social work. . pp. 1-17 is available online at: http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/bcp152v1
Record Created:18 Jan 2010 15:50
Last Modified:08 Dec 2011 09:35

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