Part A- Oral Presentation (15%): Conducted in Weeks 6 – Week 9
Part B – Written Report (30%): Sunday of Week 10
Due date for uploading the presentation slides into Moodle is Week 6 (3 May 2023, 9:00a.m. – 9 May 2023, 11:55p.m.).
The presentation slides should be uploaded in Moodle by every member in the group prior to the group’s presentation.
Make sure that you save the presentation slides on a USB stick to use in class for your presentation.
This document will help you prepare your Assignment 2; it includes:
Group Assignment: you will work as a group of four (4) students, unless instructed otherwise by your tutor. Your group will remain the same for all tutorial activities and for both Part A and Part B of this assignment.
· Groups must be formed in week one (1) of the term. Students who do not self-select by then will be placed in a group by their tutor.
NOTE! Group Power Point Slides must be submitted on the day of your presentation.
The oral presentations will be conducted in class, during lectures and/or tutorials from week 6 to week 9. Every group will need to be ready to deliver their presentation when called on the day your tutor has scheduled your presentation.
Please note not turning up for the presentation will result in a zero mark for the individual student who is missing from the group.
*Group size can vary depending on student numbers at the time of allocation. The 5-minute presentation remains the same as it is for each student in the group. If a group is smaller than 4, please check with your tutor regarding adjustments to the content of the presentation.
The group is to select one of the six case studies that feature an ethical dilemma for a community service worker in a professional context. The analysis of the case study will require you to:
these are examples; you are to identify those that are pertinent to your case study, NOT every concept we have covered in the unit are applicable to every case study!)
Due Date: Due date Submissions of Part B (Written Report) commence on Sunday of Week 10
Word Count: 800 words per student contribution; as an indication/example, the total word count for a 4-person group* would be 3200 words excluding references. Note: word count is an academic issue/requirement and is assessable. Do not go below or exceed the word limit past 10%.
The group must complete a written report on your chosen case study, following the work you completed for the oral presentation.
While an oral presentation with power point slides is necessarily brief, sufficient only to capture the critical aspects of the case, in the Report you must expand on these. You cannot use bullet points in the Report as you would do in the slides; instead, the Report must be written in full sentence and paragraph structure, following the report writing conventions for academic work.
The Report must therefore follow the correct structure and organization of text including:
A note on sub-headings: For each section noted above, please use sub-headings to flag to the reader where you are at; for example, Introduction and Conclusion are two such sub-headings. Other examples of sub-headings in the body of the assignment might be ‘Implications for the client’ or ‘Ethical Decision- Making Model (include the name of the model used), or ethical principles. What you use for sub-headings is up to you, but they need to reflect your analysis, concepts you use, etc.
preparing and delivering the oral presentation, the process of working as a group, and what you believe to have learned about ethics in community services through this process.
You must use APA 7th edition referencing style. As an upper level (2nd year) unit for senior students, there can be no justification for not knowing how to use APA 7 correctly, nor is there any justification for any form of academic misconduct.
Do NOT utilize sources such as www.tutor2u.com and other such web materials as these DO NOT constitute academic references for the purpose of your assignments. If you rely on such sources for theoretical support, you WOULD NOT HAVE MET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS ASSESSMENT.
Choose one from the six cases listed below. You must complete both Part A and Part B of this assignment.
on the same case study.
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?
Case Study 2
You work as a youth worker in a residential center. Your client George (aged 18) has mental health and substance addiction issues. You have formed a good working relationship with George, and he has been very honest with you. Over the last few weeks, you notice that George seems increasingly paranoid towards both staff and other clients of the residential center. Whenever George interacts with them, he accuses them of persecuting him and withdraws into his room. In a meeting, George discloses to you that he has plans to take revenge on your colleagues and other clients of the center. When you explore this further, George discloses that he has not been taking his medications and he has been hearing strong voices all the time. He asks you to keep the information confidential. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?
Case Study 3
Kristina is a client with a community housing organization who has been supported by her case worker John. She and John are of similar ages, and through conversations they have in their professional interactions, it seems that Kristina and John share several interests including similar taste in food. John can find an independent community accommodation for Kristina and soon she will no longer be a client of the community housing organization. A few weeks later, Kristina visits John in his office. During that meeting, Kristina mentions that she has also found work in an entertainment company. In her work, she receives many free expensive vouchers to restaurants. She invites John as a date to an upcoming opening of a new restaurant because she remembered that she and John have similar tastes in food. She states that as she is no longer a client of the organization, seeing each other socially or casually should not be a problem. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would John examine it/them?
Case Study 4
You work as a youth case worker in a Youth Refuge. Cleo, a 16-year-old Aboriginal man who has experienced significant family loss and displacement, has come to your organization for refuge. During your interactions, you notice Cleo is very intelligent, talented and skilled. You encourage his skills and work with him providing ongoing case support. After working together for well over a year, Cleo can join an apprentice program and a distant relative has taken Cleo under his wing. A few months after his departure from the refuge, Cleo visits you and thanks you for your support as a case worker during his time in the refuge and hands over a small wood carving which he sculpted as a gift. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?
Case Study 5
You work as a case worker in a local community mental health service. For the past six months, you have been helping your client Maree in supporting her with her mental health issues. You have arranged counselling and specialist care for Maree. You are also aware that Maree recently left her partner due to domestic violence, moved into independent accommodation and launched divorce proceedings against her partner. You receive a subpoena to provide case records of all your contacts with Maree and to provide a testimony to the court in relation to the divorce proceedings. You are asked to disclose information about your professional interactions with Maree. When you discuss the subpoena with Maree, she asks you to keep the information confidential and not to disclose anything to the court. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?
Case Study 6
You work for an organization which provides support services to clients under NDIS. Jack, a 26-year-old client for the last six years, has run out of his NDIS funding for the year. Jack is a talented painter and offers to paint the interior of your house for free provided you find him some additional funding through other organizations. Your house interior is in desperate need of painting and Jack assures you that he will keep it a secret. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?