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Solving ethical problems

When faced with an ethical issue, it is important to remember that there is seldom only one correct way in which to act. The information provided below, however, is intended as a guide to assist you to make professional and ethically responsible decisions.

Making good ethical decisions requires a method for exploring the ethical aspects of a decision, and weighing up the considerations that could influence your choice of action.

The following framework provides a method for exploring ethical dilemmas and identifying ethical courses of action. A Worksheet for Ethical Deliberation has also been developed for advisers.

Ethical decision-making framework

The flowchart below outlines the steps in the ethical decision-making process. Each step is described in further detail below.

This flowchart below outlines the steps in the ethical decision-making process. Each step is described in further detail below.
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Recognising that there is an ethical question:

Understanding the facts of the situation:

Understanding the options available to you:

Understanding the consequences of the options:

Testing the option you plan to take:

Explaining the option you have decided on to those affected and to other interested parties:

Acting on the chosen option:

Reflecting on the outcome: