There is a group member that does not wish to have their group involvement presented to a system by which he has no affiliation: the probationary system. However, the nature of divorce versus the nature of parental rights, in terms of privacy, must be balanced and considered by the social worker. Upon self-reflection, the social worker would, under Gewirth’s diagram of ethics, view their own lifestyle and needs associated with probationary living and determine whether a single group member’s consent refusal should supersede basic constitutional rights related to parenthood and parent rights. This then becomes a community issue with each individual acting as a representative of the needs of the broader whole, which should be a guiding force in decision-making as to whether to disclose information. In this role, court orders may have the absolute authority to demand disclosure compliance, however, this is unlikely in this case when approaching the situation from a risk management perspective related to disclosure principles. Even the National Association of Social Workers (1992) recognizes that there are only two exceptions when blanketing privacy rules may be superseded by the public’s need to know. Divorce privacy issues and individual child custody information would not be one of the two exceptional scenarios. Supplementing Knowledge with Personal Values.
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