This essay will discuss the student’s role within a residential care home in relation to legal and ethical aspects of health and social care. The essay will be looking at legislation that is in place to protect both the residents and staff of the home which is run for the care of young children. This will also look at values and ethics and why they are important. This will then go on to discuss the student’s role as a support worker and their duties towards the residents. This essay will also look at ethics and values and how we learn these throughout our lives.
Ethics is about making commitment towards positive values to help with the well being of the individuals within the society Warnock (19980) cited in (Banks 2006). Ethics refers to beliefs and value system to moral community, social and professionals groups. To live in the society and to have flourishing people within the society individuals must have rules and regulations in place so that people can be prevented from any kind of harm and so that they can live a healthy life style. Ethics promotes education and training to assist individuals to develop the skills needed to compete and to achieve the response for moral action. Warnock (19980) cited in (Banks 2006) states that are three types of ethics and these are Metaethics which relates to moral judgement, it comprises of critical and analytical thinking of whether something is good, right or duty. Normative ethics is about morals; it attempts to find answers for problems for example the morally right of action in some cases could be if an individual is a morally good human being or if lying is always wrong. Descriptive ethics is about individual’s moral opinions, beliefs and how people would react with certain issues. For example in Britain people always morally believe that abortion is wrong.
Values are about the standards of evil and good and they govern people’s choices and behaviour.
Cited: in: Banks, S. (2006) Ethics and Values in Social Work. 3rd ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p6 Appendix1 , Code of Conduct