Ethic Audit

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Rhode Island College Digital Commons @ RIC Faculty Publications Faculty Books and Publications 7-1-2000 The Social Work Ethics Audit: A RiskManagement Strategy Frederic G. Reamer Rhode Island College, freamer@ric.edu Recommended Citation Reamer, Frederic G., "The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk-Management Strategy" (2000). Faculty Publications. Paper 173. http://digitalcommons.ric.edu/facultypublications/173 This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Faculty Books and Publications at Digital Commons @ RIC. It has been accepted for inclusion in Faculty Publications by an authorized administrator of Digital Commons @ RIC. For more information, please contact hbenaicha@ric.edu. The Social Work…show more content…
A social work ethextent to which social workers and agencies ics audit should focus on what currently is conhave procedures in place to identify ethics-residered to be essential or core knowledge in the lated risks and prevent ethics complaints and profession. Social work's literature suggests two ethics-related litigation. This form of risk mankey knowledge areas that should form the founagement is an essential function of an ethics audation of the audit: (1) the extent of social dit. In tort law (a tort involves a private or civil workers' familiarity with known ethics-related wrong, from the Latin "tortus' or 'twisted'), a risks in practice settings, based on empirical risk entails a "hazard, danger, or peril, exposure trend data summarizing actual ethics comto loss, injury, disadvantage, or destruction . . . . plaints and lawsuits filed against social workers The risk that should be reasonably perceived and summarizing ethics committee and court and avoided defines the common law duty confindings and dispositions; and (2) current cerning the probability or foreseeability of inagency procedures and protocols for handling jury to another" (Gifis, 1991, p. 426). This secethical issues, dilemmas, and decisions (Please tion of the audit should highlight a number of eliminate some of these citations, preferably risks germane to ethical issues encountered in the older works. Barker & Branson, 1993; typical social work practice settings. Consistent Bullis, 1995;
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