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Stefan Borrmann,

From International Declarations to Social Work Practice The development of ethical guidelines for controversial fields of action


Abstract:

The document Ethics in Social Work, Statements of Principles of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) should guide social workers when they have to solve ethical dilemmas and clarify controversial issues. By the example of social work with right-wing adolescents in Germany, the article shows that the document does not meet these requirements and that sometimes the document itself is responsible for the predicaments which social workers face in controversial fields of action like social work with rightwing adolescents. The article analyzes these kind of dilemmas and presents a possible way to solve them by formulating ethical guidelines.




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