Introduction

So, where are we heading in this lesson?

This lesson introduces and provides an overview of the five keys aspects of ethical practice: making responsible decisions; challenging unethical behaviour; considering the implications of unethical behaviour; encouraging transparency; and acting as an ethical role model.

We will illustrate each of the five key aspects with scenarios for which our topic expert practitioner will provide insights.

To create a foundation for the following lessons in the course, we’ll get you to reflect on any situations in your practice where you could have acted more ethically or stopped others from behaving unethically. We’ll also encourage you to think about the situations that might create pressures that lead to unethical behaviour. Remember to make notes in your interactive workbook.

We also encourage you to take part in the community forum which provides the collaborative space to share your thinking and ideas with others. In this lesson we’ll ask you to share the factors you think create pressure that may compromise ethical behaviour and your best advice to others about how to resist compromising your ethics.

Review what others have posted to gain wider understanding on the theme from people professionals working in different contexts. Support the learning community by reading the contributions of others, 'liking' those you find helpful and add your unique reflections to the conversation.

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