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Ethics for Social Care in Ireland

The second edition of this popular book introduces the subject of ethics for social care and social work by exploring ethical values and principles, and how they inform and guide best practice for care in Irish society today.

  • New to this edition:
    • Detailed exploration of the understanding and application of caring as a value
    • Outline of the ethics underlying various perspectives on the issues of abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide
    • Evaluation of the practices behind the Irish banking crisis, which led to cutbacks in social services and austerity
    • Additional case studies and questions for class discussion, which challenge the student to apply ethical values and principles
    • Guidelines on how to write essays on the topic of ethics in social care.

  • Explains the theoretical basis for the main values and principles that underpin and inform best practice in social care casework, as well as in residential and other care settings.

  • Relates values and principles to specific issues, practices and standards of social care in Ireland.

  • Explains values-led decision-making and behaviour in the context of improving care services.

  • Presents particular ethical considerations that influence social policy formation.

  • Encourages reflection on and critical analysis of ethics in social care, with a view to promoting its development and evolution as a practice.

Written for:

  • Applied social care, social work, social science and social studies courses at Levels 7 and 8

  • Also relevant for philosophy courses and courses covering ethics and social issues

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Publication Date

April 2014




Paperback, 272 pages

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Gill Education


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Well-being
Chapter 3: Equality and Respect
Chapter 4: Care
Chapter 5: Empathy
Chapter 6: Human Rights
Chapter 7: Greatest Happiness Principle
Chapter 8: Diversity
Chapter 9: Social Well-being
Chapter 10: Social Contract Ethics
Chapter 11: Social Justice
Chapter 12: Abortion, Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Chapter 12: Conclusion
Appendix: Guide to Writing an Ethics Essay


234 x 157 mm


By Manus Charleton

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Manus Charleton has lectured in Ethics, Politics, and Morality and Social Policy within the Applied Social Care degree programme at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. He has been published in the Journal of Social Work Practice, the European Journal of Social Education and in Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review. His essays have also been published in the Dublin Review of Books and in Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing.

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