Explain how social care values and principles influence practice. Examine these issues in relation to anti-discriminatory practice
My own value base was developed in youth through interaction my wider family and peer group. Growing up, it was impressed on me the importance of being respectful towards others, as well as understanding that other opinions and outlooks were as valid as my own. From an early age, I understood the importance to be non-judgemental when engaging with others. The values I learned in my childhood have stood me in good stead, and mirror those values important in social care. In my workplace, I regularly deal with vulnerable clients in my workplace, and it is ...view middle of the document...
In practice, this places the client at the centre of the social care process in defining what outcomes they wish to achieve, and any goals they may want to set. This person centred approach assumes the client knows what is best for them. In my workplace, I use this approach by asking the client what they want from the process at the outset, informing and advising them based on their wishes.
It is vital that the client is able to maintain a level of dignity throughout the process. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) code of ethics states the ethical principle of dignity is that “Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person” and that they must “treat each person in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual differences and cultural and ethnic diversity” (NASW:2008). Further to this, they cite social workers responsibility as being to the individual and society as a whole. Conflicts between the two must be dealt with in a sensitive manner. In my workplace, I have to be mindful on a regular basis. Working in homelessness, it is common for people to feel ashamed of being in the position they are in. It is part of my role to reassure the client that there is nothing to be ashamed of. In addition to this, I use a non-judgemental approach.
Confidentiality is an important value and is one of the cornerstones of good practice. Information from a client should only be shared with those that are relevant to share, such as those within the service, or in other instances, with another service that is involved with the client. At all times, the client should be aware of who this information is being shared with. The client will be more comfortable divulging information if they are confident it will only be used for the purpose it was shared for, and not be misused. In my role, I always reassure the client that their information will be treated in a confidential manner, and I inform them if I am going to discuss things with another agency.
From personal experience, I have in the past had to deal with convicted sex offenders. Dealing with this client group goes against my own personal value base. However, the professional values of my workplace took precedence, and I employed the value of unconditional regard in order to give a better. I also had to draw on my own value of being non-judgemental. I realised that my personal and professional values will often clash, and I have to put the needs of the client before my own value base at times.
Anti-discriminatory practice is various actions undertaken to ensure clients are not discriminated against. Dominelli (in Barnard et al 2008:116) states “oppression is the devaluing of people – who they are and what they have to offer to others.” The purpose of anti-discriminatory practice in a social care setting is to actively ensure that clients are not oppressed. This could be for a varying number of factors (religion, gender, sexuality, race etc.). In social...