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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics$
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Divya Jindal-Snape and Elizabeth F.S. Hannah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308997

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308997.001.0001

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The social work–criminal justice context

The social work–criminal justice context

personal and professional ethical tensions

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Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics

Jane Fenton

Policy Press

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.

Keywords:   criminal justice social work, Scotland, ethical stress or disjuncture, social work values, desistance

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