The Case Study B ' When ' Best Interests Of Client ' Harm A Third

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In the case study B, “When ‘Best Interests of Client’ Harm a Third”, the ethical dilemma existing is best interest of client vs. obligation to nonmaleficence. According to the NASW Code of Ethics, there is no specific legal code that actually addresses the decision making dilemma. There is the legal code section 1.01, Commitment to Clients however, it does not effectively support and guide Suzanne’s worker in this particular case despite the discussion of the “responsibility to the larger society” (Workers, 2008) as well as, reporting “specific legal obligations” (Workers, 2008). It is Suzanne’s worker who has the primary responsibility to act in the best interest of Suzanne, but lacks in consideration and support of Suzanne’s younger sister. There is also, the legal code section 1.06 Conflicts of Interest part (d), providing “services to two or more people who have a relationship with each other” (Workers, 2008) however, it does not take into consideration that both Suzanne and her younger sister each have their own workers who are both employed with the identical agency. Needless to say, the worker made an accountable decision based on motivation to keep both Suzanne and her younger sister together, which would be beneficial to both siblings. By supporting and maintaining the sibling’s affiliation, it exemplifies a “source of continuity, identity, and security” (Rothman, 2013, p. 62), which is not only important for the bonding of both Suzanne and her younger sister, but

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