Professional Love ?

TitleProfessional Love ?
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBoxall, SF, Funke, MB, Funke, RD, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published09/2013
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsPROFESSIONAL ethics , Social Work
AbstractIt is fairly common for social workers to use their own resources to supplement the services they are able to offer others. Many children of older social workers have stories of sharing their rooms with foster children or developing family relationships with their parent's clients. Today, professional guidelines restrict the sorts of personal relationships social workers develop and generally restrict "dual relationships" such as caseworker and family friend, because the relationships may present a conflict of interest. However, when asked, many foster children describe their best caseworkers as those who best connected with them and their families at a personal level. When a social worker allows a foster child to sleep in her guest bedroom when the foster homes are full, the social worker is guilty of violating her professional code of ethics and the law. But has she done something unethical?
NotesCase from the 2013 Regional Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
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