Title

Social Workers' Duty to Report Dangers via Social Media: A Systematic Review

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2016

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Jessica Toft

Abstract

This systematic review aimed to evaluate social workers' obligations to report suicidal or homicidal posts on social media. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were developed and multiple databases were searched for relevant literature. Of the literature searched, 26 articles were of use to the study. Based on the findings, there was a lack of concrete information regarding social workers obligations and mandated reporting guidelines of internet activity. The topic has not been studied to the degree that was required by this study. Current statutes and regulations would need to be updated to address the issue of social media use and suicide/homicide risk. More policies need to be developed in order to help those with mental illnesses that are a danger to themselves or others and it would work to help social workers provide comprehensive treatment for clients.

Keywords

suicide, social media, social worker, mandatory reporting

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