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

Banks, S.; Williams, R.

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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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2005
Deposit Date Aug 15, 2008
Publicly Available Date Aug 15, 2008
Journal British Journal of Social Work
Print ISSN 0045-3102
Electronic ISSN 1468-263X
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 7
Pages 1005-1022
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch199
Keywords Ethics, Social welfare work, Accounts, Dilemmas.
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1600664

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British journal of social work following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Banks, S. and Williams, R. (2005) 'Accounting for ethical difficulties in social welfare work : issues, problems and dilemmas.' , British journal of social work., 35 (7), pp. 1005-1022, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch199






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