The Conflicts Inherent Of Moral, And Statutory Duties And Powers Essay

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Introduction

This essay will analyse the conflicts inherent in social work practice, in terms of moral, and statutory duties and powers. To achieve this, the essay will have two distinct themes emanating from the case study. Firstly, by generally analysing the significance of legislation, and social work values, in considering the rights, responsibilities, freedom, authority and power fundamental to practice. Secondly, by critically applying relevant legislation and policies to the case study, with a distinct Welsh and anti-oppressive theme.

The case study demonstrates tension within legislation, and between legislation and social work ethics. Evident in, the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA98) Article 8 right to respect for private and family life, and Article 3 freedom from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment (Department for Constitutional Affairs, 2006). Relevant to Mr C’s disclosure regarding daughter D. In relation to legal and ethical tensions, the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care (CoPP) stipulates in s.1 respect the views and wishes, and promote the rights and interests, of individuals and carers (Care Council for Wales, 2015). Furthermore, reflected in the Code of Ethics for Social Work principle 2 respect the right to self-determination (British Association of Social Workers, 2012). However, these social work values may feel challenged when applying duties and powers inherent in social work practice. For example, an approved mental health professional
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