Practising ethically during COVID-19: Social work challenges and responses
This article draws on findings of an international study of social workers’ ethical challenges during COVID-19, based on 607 responses to a qualitative survey. Ethical challenges included the following: maintaining trust, privacy, dignity and service user autonomy in remote relationships; allocating limited resources; balancing rights and needs of different parties; deciding whether to break or bend policies in the interests of service users; and handling emotions and ensuring care of self and colleagues. The article considers regional contrasts, the ‘ethical logistics’ of complex decision-making, the impact of societal inequities, and lessons for social workers and professional practice around the globe.
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|Published in||International Social Work|
|Year and volume||63 5|
|Key words||covid-19, ethical logistics, Ethics, inequities, pandemic, Social work|
|Digital Object Identifier||https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872820949614|