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Welfare reform on the Web (September 2006): Social care - UK

Against confidentiality? Privacy, safety and the public good in professional communications

C. Clark

Journal of Social Work, vol.6, 2006, p.117-136

Personal services professionals face conflicting demands: on the one hand they are expected to protect the privacy of their clients by keeping sensitive information confidential but on the other hand they are required to protect the public by disclosing risks that their clients may pose or to which their clients may be subject. There are tensions between the ends of ensuring personal privacy, protecting vulnerable individuals, and avoiding danger to the wider public. This article suggests that liberal rights theory, the source of standard professional ethical codes, is inadequate to resolve these conflicts. Professional ethics need to be complemented by a more communitarian view of private and public interests.

Fit for purpose?

S. Gainsbury

Public Finance, July 14th-20th 2006, p.24-25

Report of an interview with Ivan Lewis, newly appointed social care minister, in which he announces his intention of moving social care from the margins of the Department of Health’s policy concerns to the centre. The minister agrees that social care has been neglected as a policy area, but says that it needs to make clear the ways in which it offers value for money.

Implementation of single shared assessment in Meadowbank, Falkirk: a joint future

G. MacNamara

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.14, Aug. 2006, p.38-44

This article presents the results of a small-scale research study which explored the implementation of single shared assessment (SSA) in co-located health and social work teams in Falkirk. Factors which impacted on the implementation of SSA included weak best practice guidance, clash of professional cultures, reluctance to share information about clients, and communication difficulties between agencies.

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