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Debate Summary: Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct: Separating the Personal from Professional – 13 March 2012 – a #SWSCmedia Debate @SWSCmedia


Thank you for joining us in another rich and lively debate @SWSCmedia.

The topic for discussion was Codes of ethics and professional conduct separating the personal and professional and we had a diversity of views and many invaluable gems of knowledge, wisdom and experience shared by our participants.

However, unfortunately there were many tweets that could not be included in the summary as they did not have the hashtag #SWSCmedia. Please use the hashtag to share your views during the debate and to join the continued discussion or to raise issues or share your views after the debate. This could be in relation to any of the debates or anything you wish to share about social work or social care.

Also don’t forget to join us next week Tuesday (20 March 2012) when we celebrate World Social Work Day #WSWDay. Our topic for next week will be focused on Global Agenda for Social Work.

Later tonight, we will announce further information and details in relation to Social Work Week #SWweek. So make sure to check back with us.

Below is the summary of our debate Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct: Separating the Personal from Professional.

The debate began by @SWSCmedia with the following tweets:

  • Looking forward to @CollegeofSW & @BASW_UK views in today’s debate on Code of Ethics: Separating the Personal from Professional. #SWSCmedia
  • Welcome Everyone to our debate on “Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct: Separating the Personal from Professional” #SWSCmedia
  • The idea of separating personal from professional & professional assoc having to regulate & discipline their members >> #SWSCmedia
  • and to constrain their behaviour extends back at least into the Middle Ages when 14th century England, when >> #SWSCmedia
  • craft & parish guilds were asked to ensure their members didn’t commit fraud, instigate unrest, etc. & if a member misbehaved, >> #SWScmedia
  • it was the obligation of the guild to bring the member’s behaviour back in-line with acceptable norms and statutes. #SWSCmedia
  • The relationship btwn individual, groups & society has been of interest since Greek Hellenic philosophers thru the present era, #SWSCmedia
  • & has been framed in many ways including discourses of individualism vs collectivism, the self, & other sociological discourses. #SWSCmedia
  • Research and literature suggest that distinctions between the personal and the professional are rooted in cultural values. #SWSCmedia
  • So our 1st Q is: where socmed has blurred most boundaries, is it still possible to separate the personal & professional? #SWSCmedia
  • & if yes, how do you do it? How do you practically separate the personal from professional? #SWSCmedia

The above was followed by a dynamic sharing of views amongst all participants.

Below is the summary of our debate on Codes of ethics and professional conduct separating the personal and professional (This summary only includes tweets that had the hashtag #SWSCmedia):

Join us next week on World Social Work Day (Tuesday, 20 March 2012) to discuss the “Global Agenda for Social Work and share your views @SWSCmedia. As always use the hashtag #SWSCmedia to join the debate.

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