Practising During Pandemic Conditions

Authors Sarah Banks , Tian Cai , Ed de Jonge , Jane Shears , Michelle Shum , Ana M. Sobočan , Kim Strom , Rory Truell , Maria Jesús Úriz , Merlinda Weinberg
Publication date 10 November 2020
Research groups Innovative Social Services
Type Report

Summary

The guidance offered here is intended to assist social workers in thinking through the specific ethical challenges that arise whilst practising during a pandemic or other type of crisis. In crisis conditions, people who need social work services, and social workers themselves, face increased and unusual risks. These challenging conditions are further compounded by scarce or reallocated governmental and social resources. While the ethical principles underpinning social work remain unchanged by crises, unique and evolving circumstances may demand that they be prioritised differently. A decision or action that might be regarded as ethically wrong in ‘normal’ times, may be judged to be right in a time of crisis. Examples include: prioritising individual and public health considerations by restricting people’s freedom of movement; not consulting people about treatment and services; or avoiding face-to-face meetings.

Language English
Key words Ethics, Social work, covid-19, pandemic

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