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Making connections between practitioner's personal use of social media and social work practice

Simpson, Jenny (2014). Making connections between practitioner's personal use of social media and social work practice. In: JSWEC 2014 Social Work Making Connections, 23-25 Jul 2014, Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Abstract

The paper will discuss if there is any link between social work practitioner’s personal use of social media and their practice with service users. Integral to the discussion will be social work ethics and values, issues of confidentiality, professionalism and how service users are making use of social media.

The emergence of policy guidelines in relation to social media by social work employers and national professional bodies such as the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) highlights the way in which social media is becoming an inherent feature of social work practice. Moreover, helpful guidance in the form of concepts such as e-professionalism (Megele, 2011) with its focus on how social work practitioners respond to the use of online communication by service users illustrates the way in which social media can be effectively used to maintain client relationships. Nevertheless, it could be claimed that little attention has been given thus far to the connection that exists between social work practitioners’ private use of social media and whether or not there is an influence on their practice with service users.

This paper aims to discuss if there are any connections between personal use and practice, and if so, what are the underlying factors that have an impact. Integral to the discussion will be social work ethics and values, issues of confidentiality, professionalism and how service users are making use of social media.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Author
Keywords: social work practitioners; social media; networked publics; technological determinism; social construction of technology; social shaping of technology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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Item ID: 40672
Depositing User: Jenny Simpson
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 08:31
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 16:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40672
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