Read the attached case study: Where do we go from Here. Identify the various health and social care professionals who are supporting Mrs. Williams and her family.
Write a report ( Using guidance & Structure given in English) which:
- Explains in detail at least 4 ethical faced by the various professional involved with Mrs. Williams and her family. These include balancing rights & responsibilities, balancing competing needs and preferences; support vs. intervention; the impact of resource issues, issues of liberty, choice & freedom.
- Analyses how 2 of the following strategies can support the social worker in handling the ethical dilemmas faced; supervision; the HCPCcode & BASW’S Code of Ethics, a multi-agency approach; the welfare principle of the children Act 1989.
A case conference has been held and a difference of opinion has risen between the family social worker and their GP. The social worker is focusing on Mrs, Williams rights to care for her child because she believes in promoting anti-oppressive practice. The GP, on the other hand, believes Julie should be placed in care to safeguard her well-being and feels the welfare of the child should come first.
In approximately 800 words explain the ethical justification of the social worker and the GP. Analyse the strengths & weaknesses of their arguments. Conclude by stating how the welfare principle could solve the disagreement.
Assignment Case Study Brainstorm Planning Notes
Social work caseload and resources
Mrs Williams has a complex history
Lack of parenting skills
Alcohol dependence; previous drug abuse
She is known to other agencies – history of domestic violence
Mental health concerns
Impact of borderline learning difficulties – won’t change or can’t change?
Danger of disguised compliance
|Ethical Dilemmas in the Case Study
Welfare of the child vs mum’s right to be a parent
High level of resources & support for one family vs helping other families in need
Accepting the referral or passing over to another agency
Balancing rights & needs of mum (learning difficulties needing support) vs best interests of the child
Support or intervention to manage the risks to Julie
Anti-oppressive, non-judgmental practice vs previous history
Newly qualified staff managing complex cases
Expense of long term support –was 18 months in Julie’s best interests?
Deciding when to intervene rather than support
How to build working, trust relationships
Does the social work support empower or disempower the client – eg high expectations of change which cannot be met
Personal values & beliefs vs professional role
Doing a hard social work job vs managing your own well-being