Ethical Issues in Rural Child Welfare
Rural communities present serious ethical dilemmas for child welfare practice, particularly dilemmas related to dual relationships, confidentiality, caseworker competence in related fields, and utilizing natural helper networks. Find resources in this section related to ethical issues in rural child welfare practice.
Dual Relations and Beyond: Understanding and Addressing Ethical Challenges for Rural Social Work (PDF - 144 KB)
Daley & Hickman
Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 8(1), 2011
Discusses specific areas of ethical risk for rural social work such as dual relationships, confidentiality, anonymity and self-disclosure, and competence.
National Survey of Ethical Practices Across Rural and Urban Communities
Helbok, Marinelli, & Walls
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37(1), 2006
Examines ethical dilemmas and problems that are encountered by psychologists across rural and urban communities.
Rural Child Welfare Professionals: Organizational Culture and Ethical Practice
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 3(4), 2009
Analyzes data on ethical practice generated by child welfare professionals (direct workers, managers/supervisors, and administrators) in public sector work.
Social Work Practice Behaviors and Beliefs: Rural-Urban Differences? (PDF - 134 KB)
Croxton, Jayaratne, & Mattison
Advances in Social Work, 3(2), 2002
Measures differences in the practice behaviors and beliefs between rural and urban clinical social workers with regard to five practice behaviors: bartering, maintaining confidentiality, competent practice, dual relationships, and social relationships.
An Exploration of Nonsexual Dual Relationships in Rural Public Child Welfare Settings
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 1(4), 2008
Considers responses of 43 employees of two rural child welfare agencies to social worker-initiated nonsexual dual relationship situations.