Privacy and confidentiality in social work

Michael Collingridge, Seumas Miller, Wendy Bowles

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In the human services confidentiality is a central principle defining the relationship between the worker and the client. In this paper the authors argue that the human services have privileged the notion of confidentiality over the more fundamental right of privacy. They argue there is a persistent confusion between these two concepts and that privacy is an important but neglected ethical concept within human services. The authors discuss the relationship between privacy and confidentiality and identii some of the implications of the privacy concept for practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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