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Potential Ethical Issues and Cultural Components 1 Potential Ethical Issues and Cultural Components Chesley Champion Campbellsville University SWK 665 March 19, 2020
Potential Ethical Issues and Cultural Components 2 Abstract You are part of a team asked to conduct an evaluation of support services available to older adults who attend the local senior citizen center. The team will be examining records, as well as collecting information from center staff, social workers, and clients. This evaluation scenario is only focusing on the supports for the clients attending the center. Before conducting this evaluation it is important to recognize personal biases potential ethical issues that could occur during this evaluation, and three cultural components.
Potential Ethical Issues and Cultural Components 3 Potential Ethical Issues and Cultural Components Ethics Privacy. One potential ethical issue that could arise during this evaluation is the potential for private and confidential information regarding the adults that attend the senior citizen center. When the results are posted it could be easy for center staff, clients, and/or social workers to make an educated guess on a statement made or information about one of the participants. This would cause an ethical issue within the evaluation. 1.07 Privacy and Confidentiality. In the NASW Code of Ethics, this code focuses on privacy and confidentiality (National Association of Social Workers [NASW], 2017). Provision 1. This potential ethical issue should be included in the informed consent that individuals receive to properly educate the individuals who participate in the evaluation. It should read, “we cannot guarantee that information received will remain confidential.” Then, individuals are aware and will be able to make an informed decision about participating in the study. Service Interruptions. If evaluators are to come into the senior citizen center to interview adults who receive services with the center and examine records it may interrupt services within the center. The local senior citizen center may experience this ethical issue if services are being provided during interviews needed for the evaluation. 1.15 Interruption of Services. In the NASW Code of Ethics, this code focuses on the interruption of services (National Association of Social Workers [NASW], 2017).

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