Re: ethics of an ethnographer's intervention

Alayne Unterberger CFS (unterber@HAL.FMHI.USF.EDU)
Mon, 14 Mar 1994 14:07:13 -0500

Speaking as a former runaway shelter counselor, it might help you to think
about it this way.... If you were a counselor or social service worker,
you would be required to report this child and if you didn't, it would be
grounds for a negative review or dismissal (remember the case of the
social worker who got sent to jail for not removing a child that was
later killed?) Yet, you were sucessful where others weren't, in this
case. Social services can't accomplish everything and you were actually
approached by the family for help. It was really the mother's choice to
ask you for help and maybe there is a sucess story in there somewhere. I
think you did the right thing under the circumstances. Keep me informed.