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Professional Boundaries in Social Work and Social Care

A Practical Guide to Understanding, Maintaining and Managing Your Professional Boundaries

Frank Cooper

Quick Overview

This book is as a basic primer for maintaining all types of boundaries during the professional relationship, from legal boundaries and policies governing behaviour to rules surrounding confidentiality. The book offers practical advice and suggestions for how to judge boundaries and for how to manage a situation where boundaries have been crossed.
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Paperback / softback
2012, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 176pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-215-3
£16.99
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Available as an ebook from these retailers. eISBN: 978-0-85700-446-8

Description

Professional boundaries between worker and client underpin all areas of practice in social work and social care, and the mismanagement of these boundaries can lead to unprofessional conduct and negative consequences for both worker and client.

This book is a no-nonsense guide to boundaries – what they are, why they are there and how to maintain them, from legal boundaries and policies governing behaviour to rules surrounding confidentiality. Presenting a flexible framework of rules and guidelines which can be applied to any client relationship, the book offers practical advice and suggestions on how to judge boundaries and how to manage a situation when they have been crossed. It also explores the benefit to both worker and client of establishing a good rapport whilst maintaining a professional, emotional distance. Throughout the book, and in the self-assessment test provided, the reader is invited to examine his or her personal responses to working with clients and their effect on maintaining professional boundaries.

This simple and practical reference guide will be of essential use to professionals in social work and social care working with or managing support for clients.

Reviews

''The book builds upon the foundations of the ethical and technical standards of the profession to inform where the boundaries should be. Its motivation comes across clearly - that is, to inform safe, sound and supportive behaviours... On many different levels the book succeeds in raising questions about our own practice and our colleagues. Ultimately it looks to ensure that the therapeutic relationship or tasks undertaken for the service user are focused on achieving positive and safe outcomes.'
- PSW (professional Social Work)

'Overall this is a book that is easy to read and will invite readers to explore their own boundaries. The case examples and explanations as well as the summery questions at the end of each chapter, invite strong self-reflections.'
- ANZASW

'Would you attend a client's wedding? How would you react if you met a client socially? Would you regard a client hugging you as inappropriate? What would you do if a client insist on seeing you and nobody else? These are some of the issues raised by Frank Cooper in this timely and thought provoking book. It should be compulsory reading on all social work and social care training courses and would be of particular benefit to newly qualified social worker... this book would be of benefit to every social work department! It would make ideal material for CPD meetings, journal or book clubs or for discussion at professional practise team meetings.'
- IASW - Irish Social Workers

'This excellent practical book has managed to address some very sensitive aspects of social care while avoiding jargon and legalistic prescriptive warnings. The author's vast experience in the speciality is evident in the commonsense approach proposed with self-assessment questions, brief case studies and suggestions on managing professional boundaries when talking to and supporting clients.'
- The International Journal of Person Centered Medicine

'This is a fantastic guide to professional boundaries that every Cafcass employee, not just FCA's and Guardians, would find useful. Cooper defines professional boundaries as 'a set of guidelines, expectations and rules which set the ethical and technical standards' for practice.'
- CAFCASS

'Frank Cooper provides helpful checklists and some core questions to assist practitioners in their decision-making. […] [He] does much to improve professional understanding, and to protect the public.'
- From the Foreword by Jonathan Coe, Managing Director, The Clinic for Boundary Studies, UK

Authors

By (author): Frank Cooper