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Doing the right thing: What happens when social work students come across unethical practice on placements? PSW takes a look

For students on social work degrees, theories on antidiscrimination, anti-oppression, diversity, empowering individuals and upholding human dignity will be at the forefront of their minds.

But what happens when they go out on work placements and find these principles transgressed? Should they highlight their concern? Or is it better to keep quiet and accept that in the real world of work pressures such as lack of resources make it impossible to live up to ideals?

Those who do speak out can risk seeing their career ambitions thwarted.

Equally, not challenging unethical practice might question a student’s suitability for their chosen line of work.