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Practical Social Work Series

by Founding Editor: Jo Campling

Ethics and Values in Social Work

4th edition
by Sarah Banks

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Ethics and Values in Social Work offers a clear and systematic account of professional ethics in relation to social work practice, framed within a global context. Having sold over 38,000 copies across its lifetime, this is a thoroughly revised edition of a modern social work classic from a leading international author.

Combining a sound grasp of theoretical issues with a sharp focus on the latest policy and practice, this edition features:
  • Detailed discussion of the participation of service users, including their role as activists and the importance of the service user movement;
  • Extended analysis of professional regulation and codes of practice, and their role in defining the nature of social work;
  • A vast array of practice examples, which bring current social issues to life;
  • Comparison of the latest codes of ethics from across the globe;
  • A wealth of supportive features, such as points for reflection, extended case studies and further resources.
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Endorsements of the previous edition:
... provides a comprehensive yet deep analysis on the ever changing context of social work practice... useful for academics teaching practical ethics, for social work students, and a real windfall for social work practitioners... -British Journal of Social Work
Excellent overview for social work students that comprehensively addresses key issues for consideration. -Kim Robinson, Lecturer in Social Work, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, UK
... combines an easy to read style with key information around the subject. -Dave Mason, Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University, UK
Essential reading for social work students. -Tanya Moore, School of Social, Community and Health Studies, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Author Biography

Sarah Banks is Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University and Co-Director of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action. She is a qualified social worker, has worked in rural community development and is a board member of Durham Rural Community Council. She was founding co-editor of the journal Ethics and Social Welfare; teaches and researches on professional ethics and values, community development and work with young people; and is involved in several participatory action research projects, including ‘Debt on Teesside’ with Thrive, a community organisation in Teesside. Her recent books include:
  • Practicing Social Work Ethics Around the World: Cases and Commentaries(edited with Nøhr)
  • Ethical Issues in Youth Work (editor)
  • Ethics in Professional Life: Virtues for Health and Social Care (authored with Gallagher)
  • Critical Community Practice (authored with Butcher, Henderson and Robertson)
  • Managing Community Practice (edited with Butcher, Henderson and Robertson)
  • Ethics, Accountability and the Social Professions
  • Teaching Practical Ethics for the Social Professions (edited with Nøhr)