Resolving ethical issues

When an ethical issue or dilemma arises, you need to try and resolve the dilemma as quickly as possible.

You can do this by:

  • Referring to relevant codes of conduct, standards, directives or procedures related to the issue you are facing.

  • Referring to organisational codes of practice or professional standards, etc.

  • Using the model of ethical decision-making. This is basically a series of steps you can go through to help you work through the situation.

  • Discussing the issue with the person/people involved.

  • Raising the issue/issues at a staff meeting or other forum.

  • Seeking advice or formal supervision from your supervisor or manager.

  • Seeking case supervision with an outside professional.

  • Withdrawing from the situation.  This can be appropriate as a decision in its own right, or if you are unsure about what to do and you want to discuss this with someone else.
Last modified: Thursday, 5 September 2013, 11:04 AM