Journal Article

Accounting for Ethical Difficulties in Social Welfare Work: Issues, Problems and Dilemmas

Sarah Banks and Robin Williams

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 35, issue 7, pages 1005-1022
Published in print October 2005 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online May 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch199
Accounting for Ethical Difficulties in Social Welfare Work: Issues, Problems and Dilemmas

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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.

Keywords: Ethics; social welfare work; accounts; dilemmas

Journal Article.  8499 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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