In his personal point of view he has to inform the lady about the matter as he knows the lady and moreover it is a case against human values and morality. However, as per the professional ethics, the practitioner is not supposed to confide the things the client says to him and besides he has to do as much favour to the client. But it is said that if a problem becomes a great threat to the society the social worker has to maintain the social aspects of it and should work for it without discriminating the client. Therefore, it is imperative that the clinician has not only the “ethical responsibility to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of clients” but also “to practice within the confines of the law and in an ethical manner” (Corbin 2007).
As evident, the social worker is here taken up by two ethical problems- personal and professional. The personal ethics tend him to speak this to the lady at once but the professional ethics pushes him into a dilemma and so he becomes reluctant to speak to the lady. If he speaks to the lady he violates the rule of confidentiality with the client. The code of ethics for National Association of Social Workers state that “social workers should protect the confidentiality of all information obtained in the course of professional service, except for compelling professional reasons”; however, it is not applicable “when disclosure is necessary to prevent serious, foreseeable, and imminent harm to a client or other identifiable person.” (School Shootings: Ethical & Confidentiality Boundary Issues). Therefore, in the given case, the clinician can disclose the information to prevent the imminent harm that will be done to the girl. However, as the professionalism stresses confidentiality, the social worker here can also work hard to make the client realise the problems involved in his marriage. By marrying the lady he, not