Professionals UNDER Judgement: How the Italian Systems Deals with Complaints Against Social Workers
This paper presents the Italian approach to social workers’ professional misconducts, comparing it to the English one. Both are quite new and still under development by their own professional communities, but they clearly adopt different perspectives. The analysis and juxtaposition of the two regulations and the outcomes of the proceedings so far conducted against social workers will eventually outline strengths and weaknesses of the two systems, namely in terms of accessibility, general costs of the systems, its fairness to the people involved, and usefulness for the profession. On these bases, the conclusion will provide some suggestions and remarks for the Italian system of proceeding ethical complaints against social workers. The aim of this study is to underline the importance of this tool for the profession to guard the public against power abuse, to enforce an ethical approach, and to reflect upon practical difficulties of this system.