Ethical dilemmas and decision making processes

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In this paper I will attempt to briefly describe various ethical frame-works that are currently used to evaluate and critically engage with the relevance and urgency of values in social work. I believe it is important to do so because it helps us understand, grapple with and clearly articulate the complexities and contestations involved in values in social work thus helping to build shared meaning and provide alternate explanatory frameworks to aid analysis of ethical dilemmas.


A combination of these two can not only decrease the ease with which social workers may come to a decision in crisis situations that require delicate handling but also provide us with a richer understanding of the stakes involved in this profession and encourage us to constantly reflect upon our own dispositions and actions, thus ensuring greater ethicality in our practise and leaving open the possibility of constant dialogue and support. In this light, I will move on to examine the vignette provided and attempt to analyse it in relation to the various ethical frame-works and directives for social values that are available in the field of social service. I will also try to point out, staying within the scope of this essay, the critiques of the various theories that I elaborate on as well as my own take on some of the issues discussed.
Ethics is the branch of philosophy that inquires into the normative and moral evaluation of human actions. Normative ethical systems have been classified into three categories: deontological, teleological and virtue ethics. Let us look at these three systems of ethics in some detail.
Immanuel Kant put forth the rational principle of 'categorical imperative' of which the fol ...
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