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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

Ethics and Values in Social Work offers a clear and systematic account of professional ethics in relation to social work practice, framed within a global context. Having sold over 38,000 copies across its lifetime, this is a thoroughly revised edition of a modern social work classic from a leading international author.

Combining a sound grasp of theoretical issues with a sharp focus on the latest policy and practice, this edition features:
• Detailed discussion of the participation of service users, including their role as activists and the importance of the service user movement;
• Extended analysis of professional regulation and codes of practice, and their role in defining the nature of social work;
• A vast array of practice examples, which bring current social issues to life;
• Comparison of the latest codes of ethics from across the globe;
• A wealth of supportive features, such as points for reflection, extended case studies and further resources.

Ethics and Values in Social Work successfully synthesizes the complex ideas and concepts that characterize social work's value base. Written with Banks' trademark accessibility and theoretical rigour, this book will continue to be an invaluable resource for all students, educators and practitioners of social work.

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.

Preface.- Introduction.- 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, USAReviews 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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