Category Archives: Ethical issues

The ethics of Ethics

Having just spent 8 months getting through one ethics committee (one down one to go), I am now reflecting differently on my own five years on one. My 8 months wait consisted of two months delay over December and January … Continue reading

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A victory of rule rigidity and risk management over compassion and common sense

Last week there was  a 92 year lady on the ward who was unable to stand but wanted to go home where she lived alone. I was requested to do a Guardianship application even though she was cognitively sound. I … Continue reading

Posted in Empowerment, Ethical issues, Service entry

Forget your professional ethics – just do it

I have a  woman in her 90s in hospital who I am expected to do a guardianship application for. She is very intelligent and cognitively above average, can actually do that counting backward by 7s thing! She lives in a … Continue reading

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Inclusivity and the ethics committee

How is your ethics committee dealing with inclusive research? Social work is a social justice project and in our teaching we alert our students to structural factors in our cultures and societies when they have limiting implications for the opportunities … Continue reading

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Practising Social Inclusion

A Book Review Ann Taket, Beth R. Crisp, Melissa Graham, Lisa Hanna, Sophie Goldingay, Linda Wilson Routledge, New York, 2014 311 pp., ISBN 978-0-415-53107 $48.75 (paperback) This is where the left right divide often pivots. Should we bother with the wellbeing of … Continue reading

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Discretion in rural practice

I had a conversation at a conference earlier this week with a young social worker about to take up a position in the small town she and her family live in. The social worker retiring from that position has always … Continue reading

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confidentiality or discretion in rural practice

I was recently asked how I was feeling by the medical receptionist when we ran into each other at our cafe. This morning the florist also asked. They didn’t have to do anything to find out I’d been in hospital, … Continue reading

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