Individual Ethical Decision-Making Case Analysis
You will need to use the NASW Code of Ethics as a source – https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English
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QUESTIONS TO ANSWER FOR THE SCENARIO
You will need to address each of these questions in your essay.
1. In your own words, define Ethical Dilemma.
2. What if any, is the ethical dilemma?
3. What if any is the ethical standard in question (refer to NASW Code of Ethics) for the scenario.
4. What is your current plan used for resolving the ethical dilemma and based on your current plan, what would be your decision in this scenario?
5. Using the Decision-Making Process and ETHICAL RIGHTS describe each of the processes in the ethical dilemma, using the Chart attached (img_0105).
You are an organizer working with a coalition of local neighborhood groups. You have had great difficulty getting the groups to overcome their turf battles and other parochial interests to come together towards the unifying goals of neighborhood improvement, crime reduction, and youth engagement. Attendance at meetings has been low, and leaders have spent more time arguing with each other than working together. You are surprised and elated, then, to arrive at one coalition meeting to find more than 80 people gathered and enthusiastic to present a new work plan for the coalition. Apparently, leaders from several of the organizations have concluded that recent immigrants in the neighborhoods are to blame for the conditions of housing deterioration and rising crime. They want to work together to form a ‘neighborhood watch’-style organization that would investigate immigrants’ legal statuses and turn undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. They also want to stop publishing any neighborhood documents in multiple languages, as ‘that only encourages them.’ There appears to be near unanimity about this problem and the proposed solution—the neighborhood leaders have gone through the coalition’s established channels to win support from the grassroots supporters. As the organizer, you are genuinely concerned, though, as this idea and these positions are contrary to your values and your emphasis on the well-being of all area residents.
Questions to consider: How should you respond at this meeting? What should you do after the meeting? With whom do you need to speak? What could you have done differently to try to prevent this situation? What community practice values/principles should guide your actions?
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