Ethical Issues in Social Work Case Study

Ethical Issues in Social Work
An analysis of the ethical issues in a social work case study regarding a pregnant adolescent.
# 154016 | 1,177 words | 3 sources | 2014 | US
Published on Sep 21, 2014 in Sociology (Social Work) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)

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"The NASW Code of Ethics (2008) states in its Preamble that the Code cannot resolve every ethical issue, but it serves as a guide in which social work professionals should adhere to in order to remain in the realms of ethical practice. Our scenario leads us to a distressed Juanita, a pregnant 18 year old that has been forced to move away from home and is currently residing with friends. Several ethical issues present themselves however, most communities would have the resources to assist her during her crisis.
"The Preamble of the Code mentions the core values of social work. In regards to Juanita's situation, I feel as though the ethical principle of "dignity and worth of the person" is one that presents ethical issues. Juanita could benefit from a social worker helping her address her needs and change her current situation. With an empathic approach, a social worker could build a rapport with Juanita to see why she chose a mental health agency to seek assistance and then move on towards creating a plan of action according to her wishes as well as her immediate needs.
"The social worker addressing Juanita's needs would be responsible for committing to her overall wellbeing. An ethical issue that seems obvious is whether or not Juanita is a harm to herself since she attempted to terminate her pregnancy by swallowing pills. Depending on the personal value set of the social worker, Juanita could be thought to be guilty of child abuse or harming another human being because she intentionally tried to cause kill her 8-week old fetus. If that were the case, the social worker would be required by law to report this type of "abuse.""

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