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Practising ethically during Covid-19 : social work challenges and responses.

Banks, S. and Cai, T. and de Jonge, E. and Shears, J. and Shum, M. and Sobočan, A.M. and Strom, K. and Truell, R. and Úriz, M.J. and Weinberg, M. (2020) 'Practising ethically during Covid-19 : social work challenges and responses.', International social work., 63 (5). pp. 569-583.

Abstract

This article draws on findings of an international study of social workers’ ethical challenges during COVID-19, based on 607 responses to a qualitative survey. Ethical challenges included the following: maintaining trust, privacy, dignity and service user autonomy in remote relationships; allocating limited resources; balancing rights and needs of different parties; deciding whether to break or bend policies in the interests of service users; and handling emotions and ensuring care of self and colleagues. The article considers regional contrasts, the ‘ethical logistics’ of complex decision-making, the impact of societal inequities, and lessons for social workers and professional practice around the globe.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872820949614
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Date accepted:23 July 2020
Date deposited:21 August 2020
Date of first online publication:20 August 2020
Date first made open access:21 August 2020

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