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Professional boundaries guidance update

A copy of the Professional Boundaries Report (c) Trisram Dawahoo

As you may have seen in the last issue of Social Work Connections we have launched a guidance report on the issue of professional boundaries, as well as an online hub of information , including a self-assessment e-tool. This has been ‘shared’ by visitors to the website via various social media channels (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) over 350 times and the self-assessment tool itself has been shared over 250 times. The professional boundaries guidance is proving to be our most accessed online content, with more of you reading our Social Work Connections article about the launch of this guidance, than any other article in the December issue.

Our last Social Work Connections poll asked “have you ever faced a situation where you or a colleague risked breaching professional boundaries*?” with 61 per cent of respondents answering yes. Of those who answered yes, almost half went on to say they raised it with their manager to address the issue together.

This tells us that this guidance is as important to the social work profession as we thought it to be. Please continue to access and share the guidance and information around it with your colleagues and do pass on any feedback you to have us via the comments feature on here or the GSCC website and forum.

* Poll results

a) Have you ever faced a situation where you or a colleague risked breaching professional boundaries*?
*A boundary between what is acceptable and unacceptable for a professional both at work and outside work

Yes –126
No – 82

b) If you answered yes, which of the following three options most closely captures what you did?

Raised it with your manager to address the issue together – 63
Made a decision independently and informed your manager of the situation – 36
Made a decision independently and did not mention it to your manager – 32

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So only 60% of us, we definately need to get out more. Its a real shame that 25% of those who risked breaching professional boundaries did not feel able to mention it to their managers

Richard Lohman
07 Mar 2012

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