Walking the Boundaries digital toolbox

Exploring everyday ethics in human services

$39.95 inc. GST

Product Code: D4805

**Please note**

This is the digital toolbox version of this card set.

The Toolbox includes:

  • access to a digital set of the cards that you can download and use anywhere, anytime.
  • a digital version of the booklet.
  • ideas banks, blogs, card hack videos, interviews and other support material.

We are adding and updating the Toolbox content regularly so check in to see what’s new.

**Look for the link and QR code in your order confirmation email.


Every human service profession, organisation and business is governed by the laws of the land. Most are held accountable to codes of conduct created from within their organisation or profession as well. But many practitioners—including social workers, counsellors, teachers and carers—face dozens of everyday ethical decisions regarding both clients and colleagues that may not be clear cut.

What do you do when decisions call for actions that are not defined by the law or enshrined within a code of conduct? When there is no absolute right or wrong answer, where do you draw the boundaries?

Walking the Boundaries offers 80 probing, surprising, challenging—even confronting—questions that reflect the ambiguities and complexities of professional practice. Designed by social workers for all human service practitioners, Walking the Boundaries can be used to:

  • Reflect on practice, values and ethical dilemmas
  • Explore the impacts of context and organisational culture on decision-making
  • Open discussions about risk, confidentiality and privacy
  • Develop strategies for managing uncertainty and staying safe
  • Stimulate forthright, fun, unpredictable and revealing conversations with colleagues, supervisors, teams and new professionals!

Walking the Boundaries is not just about ‘doing no harm’ to clients, examining codes of conduct, or protecting practitioners from liability or litigation. This powerful, provocative set of digital cards is designed to help build the skills, knowledge, self-awareness and professional transparency that lie at the heart of respectful practice.


Related Blog Articles:

Celebrating grey areas, building ethical decision making

Reflecting on pratice../ever poured muesli? 

Published by Innovative Resources, 2015. Digital version published, 2022
ISBN: 978 1 920945 00 8
80 full-colour digital cards with 44-page digital booklet
Author: Russell Deal with Andrew Shirres and Karen Bedford
Designer: Mat Jones

Tell us your Story!

(please login!)

Stories and Reviews

Walking the Boundaries is a resource that can assist workers to move towards grey areas. These cards can engender a sense of enquiry and curiosity; they invite us to reflect on our purpose, values, beliefs, blind spots and stories … and in so doing, they are a very useful too for building practice wisdom.’

Andrew Shirres, Practice Development Coach