Case Study 1
You work as a case worker in a drop-in women’s Centre. Your client Jenny (aged 28) has been using the service to access food and other welfare services. You are aware that Jenny is married and has a 6-year- old son. Over the last few weeks, you have noticed that Jenny has brought her son to the women’s Centre. When you sit and try to talk to Jenny you notice that she does not introduce her son to you. He appears to be quiet, withdrawn and does not make any eye contact with you. You also notice several severe bruises on her son’s arms and legs, which Jenny says are due to rough play with other children in school. Jenny discloses that they are in financial difficulty now but hope that situation will change when her husband finds a new job. You also learn that her husband lost his old job due to significant drug use. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?