THE LEGAL AND ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS

Roelf Reyneke

Abstract


In recent years social workers have been appointed in some schools on the assumption that social work services can contribute towards improving education in schools by supporting the psychosocial development of learners. Social workers not only place a high priority on ethical conduct, but as custodians of the Children’s Act, they also have distinct legal obligations towards children. However, social work ethics and these legal obligations could create ethical dilemmas. This narrative review article provides the background to school social work and explains some of the legal and ethical obligations that social workers face in this environment. A few common ethical dilemmas are also discussed.

Keywords


children’s rights, law, narrative reviews, school social work, school violence, social work ethics

Full Text:

PDF


DOI: https://doi.org/10.15270/56-2-818

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.





ISSN 2312-7198  (online) ; ISSN 0037-8054 (print)


Powered by OJS and hosted by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service since 2014.


Disclaimer:

This journal is hosted by the SU LIS on request of the journal owner/editor. The SU LIS takes no responsibility for the content published within this journal, and disclaim all liability arising out of the use of or inability to use the information contained herein. We assume no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any breaches of agreement with other publishers/hosts.

SUNJournals Help