Becoming a trustworthy profession: doing better than doing good

Healy, Karen (2015) Becoming a trustworthy profession: doing better than doing good. Australian Social Work, 1-10. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2014.973550

Author Healy, Karen
Title Becoming a trustworthy profession: doing better than doing good
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-0748
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2014.973550
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Social work is a relationship-based profession. For this reason, social work professionals need to be perceived as trustworthy by those with whom we work. This address outlines the nature and importance of trustworthiness and the specific issues the social work profession faces in relation to the question of trustworthiness. I argue that scandals in human services and faith-based institutions as well as pressures associated with new public management create further challenges to achieving trustworthiness. The address discusses how the profession can enhance its trustworthiness through increasing our capacity to articulate professional purpose, committing to professional excellence and to being courageous in speaking out about abuses of power that impact on the lives of people who use our services.
Keyword Institutional abuse
Social justice
Social work practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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