The responsibilities within helping relationships are to maintain the general trusts of their clients and patients, not only through care, but also through observing certain codes of practice to preserve their rights.These codes are referred to as ethical codes and they act as guidelines to shape and uphold the general principles regarding staff and patients relationships.This essay will attempt to outline the general codes of ethics, and discuss the moral principles underpinning ethical responsibilities within helping relationships, with particular examples from health, social care and counselling roles. Ethical conflicts will also be identified within these roles with particular reference to policies that work in conjunction with these codes.Within caring or helping professions, the counsellor or carer needs to be aware that the client is in their care, because they feel they can help their present situation. Any mistrust or doubt created by these professionals could result in the betrayal of the client's trust.
[...] Also make it known to him that from November this year, all pregnant women would be offered HIV test, which they cannot be forced to take, but if in the case of Jill she agrees to do so, then she would be bound to find out in the end. The worst case scenario in this dilemma would be Mark's total refusal to co- operate with any of the options given. In this case, the option will be to inform someone in higher authority without obviously disclosing the name or identity of the client. [...]
[...] In addition to this and the general code of ethics, doctors are required to Make the care of their patients their first concern Respect patients' dignity and privacy Respect the rights of patients to be fully involved in decisions about their care Their values are minimising the effect of disease, reduction in mortality and enabling patients physically, intellectually and emotionally. Doctors are faced with the dilemma of deciding on what to do with a patient who wishes to end her life. [...]
[...] Hence the most ethical thing to do in this situation, would be to discuss this issue in private with Mark and try to convince him to tell his partner or give one an informed consent to do so. This will be accepted within the principles of utilitarianism that although, initially Mark would likely be upset, morally, the end result would be aimed at prolonging the lives of others involved. It should be made clear to him that the sooner the issue is disclosed the better the chances for prolonging the lives of those involved. [...]
[...] The general nature of caring and helping relationships is based on trust as stated earlier in this study, therefore fidelity should be maintained as far as it could legally be stretched. Within social work, these approaches to ethical dilemmas could be slightly different from other caring professions. This is due to the fact that their roles according to Hugman and Smith 1995, involves the care of people who have a variety of needs with family relationships, with social responses to offending and needs arising from structural causes such as poverty. [...]
[...] Caring and helping professions such as social work, medicine, counselling, and psychotherapy, are all involved in catering for and assisting the wellbeing of individuals with needs ranging from social, physical and psychological issues. Likewise, these individuals are from different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, which according to Hugman and Smith 1995, are each in different ways, moral concerns, embedded in the mores of society, and so are laden with social values (Timms 1983; Horne 1987). Although the professions i.e. (medicine, social work and counselling) around which this study will be based are different in some aspects of their professional practices, they are however guided by similar codes of ethical principles and morals of practice. [...]
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