This essay will look at ethics and values and their importance. Also the essay will look at my personal values and ethics and possible conflicts that may arise between my personal and profession values and will also demonstrate what anti-oppressive practices are through examples from the IBL case scenario of the Johnson Family.
“There is recognition that personal and agency values may conflict and that the worker as a person has a moral responsibility to make decisions about these conflicts’. (Banks, 2006).
What are Values?
They are things that we hold dear to ourselves, such as a friendship, something we see as important and worthy of safeguarding, an important influence on our actions and attitudes. They also encourage us to do certain things or avoid certain things. Values have an influence of our actions even if we are not aware that they are doing so. We do not have to be fully aware of what our values are as they will have a bearing on the decisions we make regardless.
What are ethics?
Ethics means honesty and accountability. Essentially, work ethics break down to what one does or would do in certain situations. What is right, accountable and above board. (SCIE, n.d.)
The Johnson family, originate from Tobago. In the Caribbean they do not send parents away when they are old. It is also normal for grandparents to look after grandchildren from infancy as Eustace and his wife Susan, had done. Susan died three years ago. Eustace has lived with the Johnson family since he came to England. In Tobago when parents are not able to look after themselves, it is normal for their children to look after them. In Tobago there is no social system, so it could be the reason why people look after their parents when they get old.
As a social worker I would always support people to deal with their problems no matter what and respecting their individual qualities as humans. Mary was referred to the agency and has the right to be respected as an...