Values and Ethics That Influence Social Care Essay

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Values and ethics that influence Social Care

Values can be defined as:
“Emotionally charged beliefs that influence how we behave an which are influenced by a range of factors and experiences throughout our lives
F.Sussex & P.Scourfield (2004
The things, beliefs, ideas are peoples values as they consider them important and will defend if they feel they are being threatened. Things individuals value can either be tangible or non-tangible, tangible values would be actual items whereas non-tangible values would be things such as ideas and relationships as they cannot be seen or touched.
The value base known as the care value base is followed by health care professionals.
The care values are recognised as the DRIPFC:
Dignity
All
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are neither right nor wrong in terms of their action e.g. sharpening a pencil. What makes an action subject to ethical or moral debate tends to be the following:
• The act is performed by someone who is capable of free choice
• The act is intentional i.e. its not an accident
• The act will have consequences i.e. it may bring harm or benefit

There is a lot of different opinions on abortion, some of the different debates are as follows
• Some people think that abortion is wrong no matter what the circumstances (this could be due to their religious beliefs)
• Some think that there are a range of circumstances in which abortion is morally acceptable ( for example if the mother has been raped or has found out the child will be severely disabled)
• There are some that only think abortion is right when the mothers life is at risk due to the pregnancy
• And there is also the debate that at the moment of conception, the unborn child has every right to live.

Often people can be left in a moral dilemma where difficult moral choices have to be made, as at times it may become difficult to reconcile conflicting demands.

Ethical principles

There is an internal set of beliefs just like the value base DRIPFC that represent the ethical principles. For professionals they are identified as the following:
• Autonomy
• Independence
• Protection from harm
• Paternalism
• Sanctity of life
• Consent
• Telling the truth

Autonomy
Autonomy refers to ‘self rule’.

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