Hnc Social Care

Explain how social care values and principles influence practice. Examine these issues in relation to anti-discriminatory practice

My own value base was developed in youth through interaction my wider family and peer group. Growing up, it was impressed on me the importance of being respectful towards others, as well as understanding that other opinions and outlooks were as valid as my own. From an early age, I understood the importance to be non-judgemental when engaging with others. The values I learned in my childhood have stood me in good stead, and mirror those values important in social care. In my workplace, I regularly deal with vulnerable clients in my workplace, and it is important that I adhere to social work values that form the nucleus of good practice. Our clients need to be treated in a non-judgemental manner, with respect and dignity. Their confidentiality and privacy need to be respected also. My own values largely mirror those needed, meaning the client has a better experience. Cognitive-behavioural theory is useful in defining how values develop. Cigno (in Adams et al 2002:183) believes that we learn and develop our value base by the reactions of others, and the consequences of our behaviour. Through reinforcement of certain behaviours, our values are developed. My values were developed in such a manner, and also through vicarious learning from my peers and family.

There are a number of core values in Social Care that influence practice. Three of those are choice, dignity and confidentiality. It is important for individuals to be able to make their own choices. The role of any worker is to facilitate the client’s choice by providing information, outlining the different choices available, and any consequences that may transpire from those choices. Choice is a form of empowerment for the client. Shardlow (in Adams et al 2002:39) states “empowerment is centrally about people taking control of their own lives and having the power to shape their...