Journal Article

The Social Work Role in Assisted Conception


in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 5, pages 727-740
Published in print October 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
The Social Work Role in Assisted Conception

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The provision of assisted conception has become a major industry in most industrialized countries, buttressed by powerful professional and commercial interests. Assisted conception has significant implications not only for those directly involved or affected, but also for wider society. The paper summarizes the contribution social work has made to the debate and to service development, especially in the UK. The author argues that the ethical values underpinning social work, and the Knowledge and skills possessed by social workers, provide both an opportunity and a mandate for social workers to influence the development of assisted conception services, in particular to ensure that the human implications of providing children for people who are involuntarily childless are not subordinated to the pursuit of technical efficacy.

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Subjects: Social Work

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