Law

Code of Ethics

The question is brought up of whether or not the chance that a child could end up with Huntington’s Disease is considered imminent danger, as the effects will not be visible for 20 or 30 years. This scenario would be a difficult one for a social worker because his or her personal values could get in the way of handling the situation in an ethical manner.
The most important part of a social worker and client relationship is the bond of confidentiality, as the client must be able to trust the worker. As a rule, the client is to have the right to determine if and when any of this information is given to a third party. Therefore, it should be obvious that a social worker would not be permitted to share this information since Roberta said that she did not want it to be shared. Social workers can only go beyond this consent if they are required to by law and the social worker, in this case, would not be required to share this information by law. Morally and ethically, she probably should share the information, but it is not up to the social worker to make ethical decisions for the client, only for his or her own. What this means is that even if the social workers truly believed that this situation was wrong and wanted to share this information with Roberta’s husband, he or she would not be able to under the Code of Ethics because “The general expectation that social workers will keep information confidential does not apply when disclosure is necessary to prevent serious, foreseeable and imminent harm to a client or others. In all instances, social workers disclose the least amount of confidential information necessary to achieve the desired purpose” (2005, P. 10). This information also raises another question regarding this scenario, as it should be asked whether or not the social worker should attempt to help Roberta to change her mind about having a baby without speaking to her husband about this first. What social workers are supposed to do is help the client in his or her best interests.&nbsp.&nbsp.

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