What would be an example of an ethical dilemma in the scenario stated below?if a case worker feels a child of 15 is in imminent danger but the one who makes the decisions says due to his age and...

What would be an example of an ethical dilemma in the scenario stated below?

if a case worker feels a child of 15 is in imminent danger but the one who makes the decisions says due to his age and recent budget cut backs the child is more able to take of himself versus other children that she sees on a daily basis therefore will not accept the child for state custody but the case worker feels strongly that the child is in immediate and grave danger so he could go over her head and appeal her decision and possible get it over turned giving the child the help he needs, but it could strain the working relationship and the repor he has with her and he relys on this for lots of his  cases including ones that in the future coulld prove to be far more serious. So what is an example of an ethical problem this case brings about? Feel free to give more than one example.Im mainly asking this question because i don't have a very good grasp on what the definition of an ethical problem is for example what is the difference between ethics and values or even morals

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There are at least two major ethical issues here.

First, there is the issue of the conflict between the caseworker's self-interest and the interest of the client.  It appears that appealing the boss's decision would be better for the client, but it might be worse for the caseworker.  The caseworker must decide, then, whose interests are more important.  This is an ethical dilemma.

Second, there is the issue of the conflict between this client and future clients.  If the caseworker ruins his rapport with his boss over this client, he may be hurting hypothetical future clients who need him.  Therefore, there is an ethical dilemma between doing what is best for this particular client and doing what is best for future clients.

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