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By Steven Shardlow

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Analyzing the most important advancements in social paintings from ethical, philosophical and political views, the hugely revered and skilled members to this article examine social paintings values and position them firmly in a contemporary, functional context.

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Very rarely in social worker’s case papers or reports, but more commonly in private discussion, will overt moral and political justifications emerge. They are more likely to be explicit in committee papers, where they may be the butt of accusations that services are being turned into a political football. The most common of these rationales are likely to be assertions of utilitarianism, humanism, socialism, and liberalism; and in any one case these value systems may run together and against each other.

The search for causal mechanisms must be commended as intrinsic to rational life but their status is usually highly questionable. The ‘scientific’ claims made by the Victorians about the rehabilitative, reformative, and altruistic characteristics of institutional care now seem hollow. Contemporary claims about the benefits of community care may seem to future generations equally mistaken. Retreat from known ills does not guarantee the benefits of the alternatives. The facts of history and careful, properly informed weighing of the greater and (usually) lesser certainties of research illuminate the complexities of the dilemmas of social workers and their clientele.

Miss Sad, a social worker, has known Miss Small for two years. Throughout her pregnancy Miss Small was adamant that she wanted the baby, would care for her herself, and would not contemplate either abortion or adoption. This is still her attitude although she has never looked after Jane herself for more than a few weeks. She discharged herself from hospital and left the baby there. Shortly after, she was reunited with Jane and given a room in a hostel for mothers with babies. After a month she disappeared, again leaving Jane behind.

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