Allocating Blame in Social Work

Geraldine Macdonald

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This article takes issue with those who assume that the responsibility for bad outcomes in social work, such as child deaths, is appropriately laid at the feet of individual workers. It examines the philosophical origins of such arguments, some recent applications within social work literature and their appropriateness to the realities of social work practice. The author argues that a morality of social work must recognize the social and organizational context in which it occurs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-546
Number of pages22
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Publication statusPublished - 1990


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