Presentation on theme: "Ethics and Professionalism"— Presentation transcript:
1 Ethics and Professionalism Department of SocialWashington State& Health Services
2 Child Welfare Social Work Personal vs. Professional ValuesKnow your personal values/biasesKnow your roleEthical ImperativesClear professional boundariesCompetenceIntegrityClient self-determinationConfidentiality
4 Ethical Conduct: Boundaries Public employees should not make decisions in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.RCW , Special privilegesRCW , GiftsRCW , Limitations on giftsRCW , Employment after public service
5 Ethical Conduct: Boundaries Use of State PositionConflict of InterestReceiving/exchangingMoneyGiftsFood or drinkServicesProviding lesser/greater services
6 Ethical Conduct: Boundaries Use of State PositionA state officer or employee may not use his or her state position to secure special privileges or to grant exemptions to benefit himself, herself, family members, or other persons.
7 Ethical Conduct: Boundaries Conflict of Interest & Dual RelationshipsA conflict of interest occurs when you have a private interest that may benefit from your actions, or when a private interest could interfere with official dutiesAn interest need not be financial to create a conflict of interestMost conflicts result from the exercise of discretionary authority
9 Ethical Conduct: Competence Reasonable knowledge of primary issues of concernReasonable knowledge of treatment approaches & their efficacyCultural competenceWillingness to seek help and guidance when needed
10 Culturally Competent Practice: One’s ability to work in a way that is effective given the normative expectations of a given communityA willingness to avoid assumptions and to be interested in cultural factors in the broadest senseIs a continuing processBegins with self-awarenessRequires basic knowledge of human diversity
12 Ethical Conduct: Integrity Employees in public service should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organizations that might influence them in the performance of their duties.RCW , Activities incompatible with public dutiesRCW , Compensation for official duties or nonperformanceRCW , Compensation for outside activitiesRCW , Honoraria
13 Ethical Conduct: Integrity ObjectivityPublic employees must place the public’s interest before any private interest or outside obligation - choices need to made on the merits.RCW , Activities incompatible with public dutiesRCW , Financial interests in transactionsRCW , Assisting in transactions
14 Ethical Conduct: Integrity StewardshipPublic employees have a duty to conserve public resources and funds against misuse and abuse.RCW , Special privilegesRCW , Use of persons, money, or property for private gainRCW , Use of public resources for political campaignsWACAdmin Policy 15.15
15 Ethical Conduct: Integrity Questions to Ask YourselfWill my use of state resources result in added costs or any other disadvantage to the state?Am I using this resource in order to avoid personal expense?Am I confident that my use of state resources will not compromise the security or integrity of state information or software?Are state resources being used for purposes that could be embarrassing for my agency if reported publicly?
16 The Green ZoneAny Use that is Reasonably Related to Your Official DutiesCombined Fund Campaign
17 The Yellow Zone Personal Use OK Under Limited Circumstances Really de minimis exceptionsThere is little or no cost to the state;There is no interference with the performance of official duties;The use is brief in duration and frequency;The use does not distract from the conduct of state business; andThe use does not disrupt other state employees and does not obligate them to make a personal use of state resources.
18 The Red Zone Prohibited Uses Outside business interests Commercial usesIllegal or unprofessional activitiesPolitical activities, including lobbying
19 Dilemma Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources? You send s to your friend’s home computer from your state computer regarding personal plans for the weekend.Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources?
20 Dilemma Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources? You ran across an article in TIME magazine that you want to share with friends and make several copies using the office’s copier.Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources?
21 Dilemma Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources? You send an to your senator opposing the confirmation of a nominee for federal office.Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources?
22 Dilemma Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources? Your supervisor approves the use of a statecomputer to do course work for a class thatwill enhance your skills.Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources?
23 Dilemma Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources? You send a brief or make a brief, local call to check on your kids.Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources?
24 Dilemma Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources? You access the Internet during a lunch break to check on your stock portfolio and transfer assets to a different fund.Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources?
25 Dilemma Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources? A family moves in next door to you, and you would really like to have her babysit your children, but you’re wondering if she has CPS history. You decide to check for referral history in FamLink.Is this appropriate stewardship of state resources?
27 Ethical Conduct: Client Self-Determination Know your roleIdentification of role at initial contactFull and complete identification of concernsDocumentation that is accurate and fairly reflects what occurredInform clients of possible impacts of their choicesUse motivational interviewing to enhance motivation for change
29 Ethical Conduct: Confidentiality Keep information confidentialExcept in Duty to Warn situationMandatory reporting requirementsInform clients of the limits of confidentialityInform all of documentation requirementsFollow special protocols for protected informationHIVCertain pieces of info when DV is occurring
30 Conclusion: Ethical Choices What you find is that the tough ethical choices are not between good and evil, but rather between two goods:Truth versus LoyaltyIndividual versus CommunityShort-term versus Long-termJustice versus Mercy