Description Identify, describe and evaluate a range of ethical issues in the case study. You should consider the relationship between ethics, personal and professional values as well any relevant legal context.
The following is the case study that you should refer to:
Patrick is an 18-year-old white man who lives with his parents and younger sisters in a house owned by his parents. The area is mixed with some social housing and some privately owned. Although the area does not have a high crime rate there have been several instances of hate crime against vulnerable disabled people in the area. Patrick has learning disabilities and has difficulty with reading, writing and processing information quickly. He attended a mainstream primary school but spent his secondary years at a special school, and has been on a basic skills course at his local college for the past 12 months. He would like to find some form of training or employment and is interested in working with cars. Staff at the college would arrange for Patrick and the other students to go to out once or twice a month. Patrick enjoys the cinema, bowling and going out for meals. Outside of college Patrick sees his friends, Ali and Sean, but there is always a parent or family member with them and it’s not as much fun as when they go out with the college staff.
You are the social worker for Patrick. You have been asked to assess Patrick’s needs as he has expressed an interest in becoming more independent and would like to move into supported housing with his friends from college. Patrick tells you that he is in a sexual relationship with Ali who is also 18. Ali is one of the friends that Patrick would like to move in with. They have known each other since they were at school and the friendship developed into a relationship when they started college together.
When Patrick tells his parents, Bob and Margaret, of his wish to move out they are initially concerned but supportive. They are worried about his ability to manage, even with support from staff, and are concerned that he could be vulnerable to exploitation. The nature of his learning disability means that he can be quite suggestible and he has been taken advantage of in the past. For example, he moved from mainstream secondary school to a special school when he was found to have been badly bullied and exploited by people he thought were his friends.
You have not told Bob and Margaret about Patrick’s relationship with Ali. However, when it becomes apparent that a local charity is able to offer a property to the three friends Patrick tells his older sister that he is happy to be moving in with his boyfriend and she tells their parents.
Bob and Margaret are very angry that you did not tell them that Patrick was in a sexual relationship with Ali. As staunch Catholics they believe that sex outside marriage and homosexuality are sinful and wrong. They demand that you stop the whole process and tell you that Patrick will continue to live at home with them. Patrick is distraught and runs away from home. He is found two days later at Sean’s house. Sean’s mother, Karen, knows about Patrick and Ali and thinks Bob and Margaret need to relax and allow Patrick to grow up. Bob and Margaret put in a complaint about your unprofessionalism in the way you handled Patrick’s case especially withholding information from them. Your manager knows Bob and Margaret as they attend the same church and tells you that your actions have made things very difficult for her.
Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Writing from scratch
Pages / words: 5 / 1400
Number of sources: 2
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: APA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English