Self-reported likelihood of whistleblowing by social work students

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This article presents a first study on the professional-ethical dilemma of whistleblowing in social work, and suggests some lines for further research on this topic as well as ways for integrating it in the social work curriculum. The study examines the self-reported readiness of social work students to blow the whistle, whether internally or externally. Internal disclosure entails reporting the wrongdoing to an authority within the organization. External disclosure entails reporting the offense to an outside agency, such as the police, professional organization, or press. The findings indicate that the students view the acts that are detrimental or cause injustice to the client in a very serious light. In dilemma situations such as these, the students reported a willingness to act. The students also report considerably greater likelihood of whistleblowing internally than externally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-28
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Work Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Advocacy
  • Professional Dilemma
  • Whistleblowing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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