Professional boundaries in social work

Professional boundaries in social work

by: DanielLombard

The General Social Care Council is due to publish fresh guidance on professional boundaries in social work, after a study found that the most common professional boundary breach in GSCC conduct cases was behaving in a way that would call into question a social worker's suitability to practise. What is your approach to professional boundaries? Take our quiz to find out where you stand on the following scenarios.

Quiz created by Peter Nelson, social work lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

  1. 1

    A social worker colleague becomes engaged to a person who until two months ago was a service user allocated to your colleague.

  2. 2

    A social worker, who is also a practising Christian, asks a service user with a terminal illness to pray with them.

  3. 3

    You become aware that a colleague has started working as a lap dancer at the weekends, although she does this at a nightclub outside of the area where you both practice as social workers.

  4. 4

    A social worker colleague constantly fails to attend in-house and external training and makes it clear that they not intend to study and have no interest in professional development.

  5. 5

    You become aware that a social worker has borrowed money from a service user.

  6. 6

    You become aware that a social worker invites a homeless service user back to his/her home to stay.

  7. 7

    A social worker discusses the details of a service user (without using their name) on Facebook with friends as a way of criticising their manager.

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