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Ethical dilemmas, legal literacy and professional discretion training for NQSWs - Cohort 5

Part of BASW's Taught Skills Development Programme for NQSWs

***Session for students & NQSWs only***

Part 4 of 6 in BASW's Taught Skills Programme for NQSWs - you do not to attend every session in the programme and can choose to mix sessions between cohorts. To discuss rates for block bookings of 5 or more delegates please email

This session explores the complexity of legal interfaces, the ethical dilemmas this can raise and the role of the professional in managing and negotiating such issues, including managing power appropriately.

Case examples and caselaw will be used to demonstrate how these impact on Social Workers and then considers the transferrable skills needed to ensure NQSWs are able to negotiate these complexities in practice. 

This session will include:

  • An exploration of the Impact of the Covid Pandemic ( & Legislation where applied) 
  • An exploration of legal interfaces using the Human Rights Act 1998, Children Act 1989, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983
  • The balance in legislation between rights, choice and empowerment and safeguarding and public protection.  
  • The ability to identify and consider the complexities involved in balancing principles of autonomy & protection.

9.00  Log on and check the tech is working

9.30 Introductions to the content, tech and session

10.00  Ethics and values – application in practice

  • What are values and ethics? How do they impact our practice?
  • What power do we have and how do we use it?

11.00 Coffee & Screen Break

11.20  Impact of a Pandemic

  • What are the ethical dilemmas?
  • How can we manage it?

12:30 LUNCH & Screen Break

13.15  Examples of Legal Interfaces & Related Dilemmas

  • Mental Health Act / Children’s Act / Mental Capacity Act

14.00 Examples of Case Law Impact on Practice

  • Care Act Challenge

15.00  Coffee and Screen Break

15.20 Examples of Legal Interfaces & Related Dilemmas

  • Use of PR
  • Mental Capacity Act Vs Mental Health Act

16. 00 – Reflections / 16.30 - CLOSE

The Trainers:

The programme will be facilitated virtually on MS Teams by Chloe Whittall from DCC-i Ltd, a BASW and OCN accredited training provider.

Chloe Whittall, Professional Development Manager

Our Professional Development Manager, Chloe Whittall is a qualified SWE registered Social Worker who has been qualified for over 20 years and has held a range of therapeutic and managerial roles in both voluntary and statutory sector organisations. In addition to her Social Work Degree, Chloe holds the ILM Change Management and Leadership award, the Practice Teaching Award in Social Work, Certificate in Counselling, an AFT Advanced Diploma in Systemic Practice and a Level 3 ITG Award in delivering Adult Education.

Chloe has significant experience of coaching and mentoring in both the substance misuse sector and statutory children’s services, having undertaken the role of Practice Educator since 2006, Practice Educator/PEP’s Assessor since 2008 and ASYE Assessor since 2014. Since joining DBC Chloe has continued to undertake these roles in an off-site capacity supporting Social Work Students, NQSW’s and their assessors in both adult and children’s voluntary and statutory settings.

Since joining DCC-i Ltd Chloe has also led on two significant pieces of evaluation and implementation project work relating to supervision and staff support. The first involved supporting 2 Local Authorities and 2 via the Teaching Partnership to evaluate 3 models of supporting Social Work Students on Placement. The second involved the evaluation of the Welsh national post-qualifying qualifications for Social Workers. Both pieces of work involved consulting with students, managers and educators to gain feedback on the most effective way of supporting students and staff and publishing reports with recommendations on a positive way forward.

Chloe’s particular area of interest lies in supporting organisations to connect with cohorts of staff to develop their skills and commitment to providing exceptional outcomes for service users underpinned by the values, ethics and working approach of the organisation.

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