what values are at stake and what values should one rely on to make this decision in the diemma below?
a case worker has a 15 year old client that is being abused by his parents and the case worker feels he is in imminent danger however the state worker feels that due to his and recent cutbacks that the client is more capable of taking care of himself than many others that are referred every day but richard feels that the client is in very real danger so he could go to the state workers supervisor and appeal the decision and possibly get it over turned but it could compromise the future of their working relationship and he relies on him for lots of his cases - including future cases that could prove far more serious than that of his current client.
This is a hard question. There are basically four important points. First, there is a 15 year old boy who is being abused and he needs help. Second, there are cut backs from the state and hence not enough finances to keep programs going. Third, there is fear that you might strain your relationship with your supervisor (if you ask for help). Four, there might be more serious cases in the future.
From these four points, we can see that the situation is a hard one, no matter how you look at it. In light of htis, there will be no one right answer. Here is my opinion.
Two of the situations are hypothetical and two are concrete. If you ask your supervisor to help on this one, he or she may or may not be upset. You do not know. Also there may or may not be more difficult cases in the future. In my opinion, you should not base your decisions on what is hypothetical. It is better to make decisions on what is concrete and right before you. If you go with this approach, then you have a boy who is in trouble and there are limited funds.
I think the most ethical thing to do is to help the boy, ask for help, and take on whatever come your way in the future. In short, you need to deal with the issues in front of you rather than the issues that might happen in the future. To me, there is no other viable option.