Setting the Stage• Practice is complex, unpredictable, grey, and uncertain• Absence of black/white pre-speciﬁed solutions to the complexity of ethical dilemmas that will likely arise in your practice• Today is going to serve as an opportunity to apply the resources you read about last week
Initial Brainstorm What are your thoughts on the following phrase?• “Caring is a moral endeavour ...”
Warm-Up Pair SharePhysical Restraint of Youth Suicide Young People Child Poverty Child Labour Incarceration of Young Child Soldiers PeopleHow do your own values/beliefs affect your discussion of these issues? What ethical dimensions do we need to consider?
DebateChild & Youth Care Child & Youth CareWorkers should be Workers should allowed to not be allowed tophysically restrain physically restrain young people in young people in their care their care
Applying Ethics to CYC Practice• The practice of being ethically responsible and “doing right action” in speciﬁc professional contexts;• Ethical deliberation and justiﬁcation for taking action based on (a) moral values; (b) principles; and (c) ethical commitments
“Acting wisely and ethically is not about applying external rules or responding in formulaic ways to complex practice challenges.Instead, it is about reading each situation carefully and recognizing the contributions of socio-cultural and historical forces. [It is about] developing problem-solving and ethical deliberation skills, consulting relevant professional resources, making a commitment to taking ethical action, and evaluating our judgments and actions” (White, 2009)
Aspirations for Your Developing Practice• Making ethics more real - a standard that informs the entirety of your CYC practice• Incorporation of ethics into your work more creatively and comprehensively (Greenwald, 2008)
Values• Assumptions, beliefs, and attitudes about what is good and desirable• E.g. strengths-based practice, respect
Morality• People’s views about what is good, right, proper, their beliefs about obligations, their ideas about how people should behave• E.g. children should never be hurt
Ethical Principles• Criteria and rules for deciding on and justifying “right action”• E.g. a client has the right to conﬁdentiality
Law• Minimum acceptable standards of behaviour for citizens• E.g. it is illegal to assault someone
Ethical Dilemmas• Competing ethical values in a situation• Two or more courses of action are in conﬂict• Necessary to select one course of action over the other to resolve dilemma• Need to arrive at an ethically defensible resolution
Debate• Read the case example handout carefully• As a small group, respond to the following questions: • What makes this an ethical dilemma (or not? • What resources would you consult? • What further information do you need? • What action would you take and why?
Bevel UpAs you watch this ﬁlm on street nurses inthe DTE, think about the following questions:• What are some of the skills, abilities, resources that the nurses employ in their cultivation of therapeutic relationship?