Glasgow City Council
HNC Social Care
Assessment Task 1: Values Essay Elizabeth McKeever Social Care Worker
Values provide general guidelines for behaviour. They provide the overall beliefs about what is good or bad, desirable or undesirable (HARALAMBOS &. HOLBORN 7TH edition p8). Value is the worth we place upon something it may be monetary (e.g. a house to the value of £150,000) but for social care, we focus on the intrinsic worth of individuals Sometimes this can be known as unconditional positive regard. Social work values are a ‘set of fundamental moral/ethical principles to which workers are committed’ (Banks, 1995, page4) it is also important to realise that, in social care, ultimately our professional conduct is not negotiable: The National Care Standards clearly communicate ways in which we should behave. Core values which underpin conduct include dignity, privacy, choice, safety, confidentiality, realising potential, equality and diversity, individuality and access to services based upon individual need. While these suggestions are by no means exhaustive, they are areas which broadly relate to the principles discussed, and it would be hard to imagine a positive care environment which neglects one or more of these values. We shall briefly discuss some of the values mentioned and consider them in a practical context. Several pieces of legislation guide our actions towards others, and we will move on to consider some of these legal guidelines later.
Central to the concept of values is the issue of self-awareness, and it is important that we consider our own awareness of ourselves. Self-awareness includes recognition of our personality, our strengths and weaknesses, our likes and dislikes and how our lives have been shaped and influenced by our own experiences and the experiences of others. In order to check our own self awareness, we need to reflect upon our own actions, thoughts and beliefs as well as seeking guidance and feedback from others.