The social work-criminal justice context: personal and professional ethical tensions

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Abstract

This chapter considers whether tensions between social work values and the reality of expected practice in criminal justice social work (CJSW) in Scotland, might cause ethical stress or ‘disjuncture’ for social workers. The factors which might contribute to ‘disjuncture’ are explored in terms of the history and development of CJSW, especially in relation to the erosion of the position and importance of traditional welfare and ‘helping’ work, and the rise of public protection. The chapter will also examine the effect of the ‘doubly-marginalised’ position of CJSW (McNeill et al, 2010, p37) in relation to CJSW interface with wider social work department values, and with the legal world of the courts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics
EditorsDivya Jindal-Snape, Elizabeth F. S. Hannah
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Pages87-102
ISBN (Print)9781447308997
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Criminal justice social work
  • desistance
  • values
  • disjuncture
  • Scotland

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    Ethical stress in Scottish criminal justice social work

    Author: Fenton, J., 2013

    Supervisor: Kelly, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Fenton, J. (2014). The social work-criminal justice context: personal and professional ethical tensions. In D. Jindal-Snape, & E. F. S. Hannah (Eds.), Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics (pp. 87-102). Policy Press. http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781447308997&sf1=ctitle&sf2=contributor&st2=hannah&sf3=keyword&sort=sort_name&sf4=format_code&m=1&dc=2