9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN19 Sociology of Professions

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 The SocioCultural Formation of Professional Work Building I, Auditório 2

First Line Managers Conditions of How to Handle Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work and Police

First line managers in the Social work organisation and in the Police organisation, both have two handle ethical dilemmas in their daily work. They have a freedom of action in many situations and there decisions herby can affect other people?s life in different ways. First line managers in these chosen professions are both interesting to study of there one, but in some issues - when taking children, youths or adults into temporary custody or when there is threats and violence ? social workers and policemen have to interact with each other and that makes them interesting to study together. The aim of this study is to compare what kind of ethical dilemmas first line managers in these to professional fields have to handle and their formal conditions of possibilities how to handle ethical dilemmas.
A specific reason to focus upon first line managers is the ongoing transition in management that can be shown, from leadership towards management. First line managers in the welfare sector seem to confronting new, higher demands which often are contradictory. Some explained by New Public Managements taking over these fields.
Theoretical perspectives in this paper are professional theories of autonomy and jurisdiction and theories of public ethos, democracy and economy values, attitudes and ethics. Concepts as professional work cultures, as well as concepts as set of rules and regulations and rule identity are central. In this first study (which is part of a larger project) we focus upon comparing formal documents as laws, regulations and ethic codes in document analyses. Depending on how they are formed it can affect the way first line managers chose to, or have to handle. An interesting question is when there are differences, which profession will take command and make the decision? And what consequences will there be for the individuals involved?