I have three reflections after I listened to the presentation of Biestek’s model of social work principles by my classmates.
First of all, I understood that Biestek set out seven principles for social work practice and casework was based on respect of people, but I thought it had a conflict with legislation and ethics code. For example, the social worker received a 15-year-old client told him that there are currently participating in the gang, and he expected to have a conflict with another gang that it related the extension of control during the day after tomorrow. The client requested a social worker must keep secret. And the social worker had promised that the conference will be kept confidential when providing service to the client. If a social worker reports to one’s superior or police, social worker will violate one of the principles: confidentiality. Otherwise, if a social worker keeps secret, one may infringe criminal procedure ordinance and the client’s life will be in danger. Therefore, social workers often need to strike a balance between the legislation and ethics code, and use professional knowledge and analysis to resolve the problem.
Secondly, Biestek's principles were appeared in 1950s, thus these seven principles may not be suitable for modern society and out of touch with the present or the future. For instance, nowadays there are several technologies, resources, welfares and policies to improve living standard, thus gradually changing human thinking, behaviors, aspirations and motivation. People are easy to exercise their rights, such as complaints, privacy, and equality, etc., so people often have argued with others. Hence, I believe that Biestek's principles need to revise or change, like increase principle: toleration, willpower and cordiality.
Last but not least, I am not sure whether the principles remained neutral or balanced in any situations as religion, political context, discrimination and so on. Moreover, in some south Asian...