Leave No Stone Unturned: The Inclusive Model of Ethical Decision-Making

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Title Leave No Stone Unturned: The Inclusive Model of Ethical Decision-Making
Author McAuliffe, Donna Anne; Chenoweth, Lesley Irene
Journal Name Ethics and Social Welfare
Editor Banks, S., Clifford, D., Preston-Shoot, M.
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Ethical decision-making is a core part of the work of social work and human service practitioners, who confront with regularity dilemmas of duty of care; confidentiality, privacy and disclosure; choice and autonomy; and distribution of increasingly scarce resources. This article details the development and application of the Inclusive Model of Ethical Decision making, created in response to growing awareness of the complexities of work in both public and private sectors. The model rests of four key platforms that are constructed from important foundational values and principles. These platforms are: Accountability, Consultation, Cultural Sensitivity and Critical Reflection, and underlie the dynamic five-step process that uses a reflective yet pragmatic approach to identify and analyse all relevant aspects of an ethical dilemma. The article begins by exploring the anatomy of an ethical dilemma, including the identification of competing ethical principles. It then moves on to highlight the different points in a decision-making process where difficulties typically arise for practitioners who may confront problems with interpretation of ethical codes, lack of access to needed resources and supports, or who may find themselves bound by legal or organisational restrictions. It is argued that this model has useful application for both social work education and practice.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17496535.asp
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17496530801948739
Volume 2
Issue Number 1
Page from 38
Page to 49
ISSN 1749-6535
Date Accessioned 2008-06-04
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance; Population and Social Health Research Program; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Counselling, Welfare and Community Services; Social Work
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/20821
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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