Dr Sacha Kendall began her social work career in acute mental health. She is now a qualitative health researcher. Her research investigates the social, cultural and ethical aspects of health, with a focus on marginalised populations. She is passionate about promoting qualitative approaches to understanding health and addressing health inequity.
Sacha contributed a chapter to a book I reviewed last year- Rethinking Values and Ethics in Social Work. In her chapter, she wrote about postmodern ethics for practice, drawing on the work of Zygmunt Bauman.
In our conversation, we mulled over some big questions.
- What is the difference between morality and ethics?
- How can social workers honour commitments to social justice?
- Is professionalism grounded in ethics technical competence?
- Are social workers experts in managing uncertainty?
- How do we handle our moral responsibility for the Other, particularly in circumstances where the Other is a person with impaired competence as a result of severe mental illness?
- And in the sphere of health and social science research- has research ethics delivered on its promises?