Considerations for integrating technology into social work practice: A content analysis of nine professional social work associations’ Codes of Ethics

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of key ethical considerations for the adoption of technology in social work practice. A content analysis was conducted across nine professional social work associations' Codes of Ethics. Although considered key reference documents to guide safe practice, this research found limited and varied coverage of technology, and focused predominantly on social media use. In an increasingly internet-based and technology-driven world, social workers must resist reactionary responses to rapid technological developments. Consulting multiple sources is vital to assess the advantages and limitations of technology use, and to mitigate risks to service users, their families, fellow practitioners and the profession.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Social Work
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Technology
  • Social Work
  • Social Media
  • Codes of Ethics
  • Internet
  • Professional Competence

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