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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Ethics and Values in Social Work

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9780230300170
Publication Date May 2012
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Practical Social Work Series

A thoroughly updated edition from a trusted author, this book provides an authoritative and accessible account of professional ethics in social work. Bridging the gap between theory and practice with new practice examples, it remains the essential discourse on ethics and values within the international framework.

Sarah Banks is Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University, UK. A qualified social worker, she is author of Ethics in Professional Life and Ethics, Accountability and the Social Professions and editor of Practising Social Work Ethics Around the World: Cases and Commentaries.

Ethical Issues in Social Work
Principle-based Approaches to Social Work Ethics
Character and Relationship-based Approaches to Social Work Ethics
Professionalism and Codes of Ethics
Service Users' Rights: Clienthood, Citizenship, Consumerism and Activism
Social Workers' Responsibilities: Policies, Procedures and Managerialism
Ethical Problems and Dilemmas in Practice


Reviews of the Fourth Edition:
'The newest edition of Banks' enormously valuable Ethics and Values in Social Work provides readers with a richly nuanced examination of complex issues viewed through multiple conceptual lenses.' - Professor Frederic G. Reamer, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, US
'This gem of a book will be of extraordinary help to social work practitioners, instructors and students who on a daily basis confront ethical challenges. Not only does Banks clarify the meaning of ethics and values but she also uses real-world case studies to demonstrate ethically guided practice. Readers will acquire new insight and understanding from this latest work by one of our foremost contemporary scholars on integrating values, ethics and practice.' - Professor Cynthia Bisman, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, USA
''Students and practitioners around the world will appreciate Banks' comprehensive discussions of practice cases and ethical theories. A great contribution.' - Lynne M. Healy, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut, USA
Reviews of the previous edition:
'... provides a comprehensive yet deep analysis on the ever changing context of social work practice... useful for academics teaching practical ethics, for social work students, and a real windfall for social work practitioners...' - British Journal of Social Work
'Excellent overview for social work students that comprehensively addresses key issues for consideration.' - Kim Robinson, Lecturer in Social Work, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, UK
'... combines an easy to read style with key information around the subject.' - Dave Mason, Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University, UK
'Essential reading for social work students.' - Tanya Moore, School of Social, Community and Health Studies, University of Hertfordshire, UK
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