One of the Standards for the Practice of Social Work with Adolescents involves the question of confidentiality. Are sessions with a social worker confidential if you are a teenager? Standard 9 states that social workers maintain a confidential relationship with the teenager but any information obtained within that relationship can only be limited to a certain extent.
When many teenagers end up working with social workers, it is because they have got into trouble. While teenagers may look like adults, in many cases they are struggling with issues that can be overwhelming. Many are under the care of social workers because of abuse at home, or have come under the influence of others who have led them into alcohol or drug abuse. A large proportion of these youth come from broken homes, may have suffered sexual abuse by relatives, and have often had no guidance through their childhoods. They find it difficult to relate to others and may feel resentful and angry. (more…)