Professional Boundaries: Guidance for social workers – General Social Care Council (GSCC) UK – 21 November 2011

Posted on November 23, 2011. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: |

Professional Boundaries: Guidance for social workers – General Social Care Council (GSCC) UK – 21 November 2011

“GSCC issues guidance to help social workers manage professional boundaries

The General Social Care Council (GSCC) today launched its Professional Boundaries Guidance for the social work sector. The aim of the guidance is to increase public protection by supporting social workers to practise ethically and safely by encouraging reflection on professional boundaries issues.

The GSCC’s analysis of its conduct cases has shown that professional boundaries breaches are a recurring trend. Data collected by the GSCC shows that misconduct in about a fifth of all its cases involved inappropriate relationships which is one of a number of ways in which professional boundaries can be crossed. Cases have included social workers allowing service users to visit their home, sharing their personal phone number, buying service users gifts, and failing to declare contact outside working hours. 

Following concern about the high volume of professional boundary cases, the GSCC commissioned research by Sheffield Hallam University and the charity WITNESS (now Clinic for Boundaries Studies) on the issue. The key messages from these research reports were, firstly, the considerable harm that professional boundaries violations can have on service users and, secondly, the inadvisability of attempting to address this problem through issuing a list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’.”

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