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Plan an Intervention Strategy

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I am writing about case Scenario 1. This is a referral made by the GP of a 72 year old Punjabi lady, Jameela, to the older person's team. She has increasing care needs and is cared for by her Daughter-in-law, Farah, who has become increasingly depressed and unable to cope. She has two children, the younger of which has learning difficulties. The GP has spoken with Majid, the husband suggesting that his mother should go into a home and asking him to discuss this with his mother. This is a close knit family with culturally based family values which are resulting in tensions and conflict between Jameela, Majid and Farah, his wife. It is human nature that we all form our own opinions, beliefs and values but these personal values can cause problems as a social worker. According to Banks (2006, p.6): 'Values are particular types of belief that people hold about what is regarded as worthy or valuable'. It is important that I am consciously aware of my own views and opinions and challenge them so that they do not interfere with my treatment of all service users. It is my duty to not allow my individual beliefs, for instance my own religious beliefs and values may cause me to have stereotypical views about the Muslim/Sikhism religions and beliefs of my service users in this scenario. ...read more.

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There is also an element of seeking and appreciating the character traits or virtues of all members of the family and the good things about them, without judging their actions. In trying to form a professional judgement, as part of the process of undertaking an assessment, I would analyse the dilemmas in this scenario and be guided by the moral philosophies already mentioned which have in turn helped to underpin the social work values that we aspire to and the BASW and the GSCC codes of ethics which guide our professional practice. Banks, (2006,p8) describes : 'Ethical dilemma- a choice between two equally unwelcome alternatives relating to human welfare'. This relates to one of the ethical dilemmas in this scenario being that Jameela's self determination is having a negative effect on Farah and an indirect effect on the children, also Majid who is colluding with his mother. 'Self-determination of service users'. (BASW, 2002, 4, 1, 3) States that we should help to make informed decisions and promote a person's autonomy provide it doesn't conflict with their safety or rights of others. There is a conflict between the needs of Jameela as opposed to the rights of Farah and her own need for autonomy. I would help Farah to recognise her rights as a carer and explain the implications of this. ...read more.

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The subject of ethics and the moral dilemmas that will occur in practice will be a challenge for me and all social workers I do believe on an ongoing basis. Learning how to empower people and to increase their own strengths and coping abilities is a theory for me to learn how to apply in practice situations. The importance of this to me as a future social worker is to ensure I acknowledge the power I will have, to always be reflective and consider evidence-based practice, to be a non-biased worker and to give all service users unconditional positive regard to create a safe and trusting environment so service users can express themselves. Banks, S., 2006. Ethics and Values in Social Work .3rd Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, Beckett, C. & Maynard, A., 2005. Values and Ethics in Social Work: An Introduction. Sage Maynard, Purvis, J, .1996. New Frontiers in Women's Studies: Knowledge, Identity and Nationalism. Taylor & Francis. 'Normal disruption': South Asian and African/Caribbean relatives caring for an older family member in the UK. Social Science and Medicine, January 2005, 60(1), pp.37-48. Thompson, N., 2005. Understanding Social Work: Preparing for Practice. 2nd Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Thompson, N., 2006. Anti-discriminatory practice.4th Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Tew, J, .Understanding Power and Powerlessness: Towards a Framework for Emancipatory Practice in Social Work. Journal of Social Work, 6(1), pp.33-51. ?? ?? ?? ?? Plan an Intervention Strategy 1 | Page ...read more.

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