ANZASW Webinar: The Use of Facebook in Social Work Practice with Liz Beddoe

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Date(s) - 27/11/2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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Presenter: Liz Beddoe is a professor of social work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.  Research interests include critical perspectives on social work practice, education and professional identity.

Abstract: Research has shown that social workers have been using social media, both collectively and individually, as a way to gain another view of service-users lives through monitoring their Facebook pages. While it is known that such practices go on, no research has shown how Facebook is actually used in case work with families and under what circumstances. This presentation draws on some findings from a wider ethnographic study of child protection practice in England that observed Facebook being used by social workers as part of assessment and case work with families. On the one hand this practice can be viewed as an acceptable tool for social workers, on the other, it can be seen as an intrusion across a border into (semi) private spaces. This presentation explores the ethics of such practice in the broader context of ethics, power and human rights.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine research which is related to this topic.
  • Explore the ethics around the use of social media by social workers

Core Competencies: 3,4,5,7 & 9