Ethics of Care




Note: All enrolled students must complete the Cred by 31/07/2024

People in need of aged or disability care are among some of the most disempowered in our society – and for anyone embarking on a career in this sector, it’s important to have the knowledge and judgement to be able to care for these people in a way that’s humane, compassionate and ethical.

This course takes you through the ethics of care, and how it applies to everyday aspects of care work. You’ll learn to distinguish between helpful and harmful support practices using an ethical framework – equipping you with an essential tool to make good ethical decisions when you’re caring for those who need it most.

Skills and learning outcomes

  • Describe the origins of ethics of care
  • Explain the ethics of care as a way of making difficult decisions
  • Describe how the ethics of care applies to different aspects of life
  • Identify the difference between ethics of care and other approaches to justice
  • Identify examples of helpful and harmful support practices and outline rules for distinguishing between them using an ethics of care approach
  • Apply ethics of care framework to a variety of situations in aged care and disability services
  • Apply the key principles supporting ethics of care theory


  • Concept of ethics of care
  • Ethics in the aged care and disability support workplace
  • What are ethics?
  • Definition of care
  • How is ethics of care different from other major forms of ethical reasoning?
  • The principle components of ethics of care:
  • What’s wrong with care
  • Misleading examples of care
  • Different schools of thought between Human rights/justice and Ethics of care
  • The impact of support workers
  • Some organisations representing different aspects of care
  • Making ethical decisions

How does it work ?

By completing a series of online scenarios and quizzes the earner of this credential demonstrated an understanding of the ethical aspects of care, including they can be applied in everyday care work, and how they can be used to distinguish harmful and helpful practices.

When can I do it ?

    Apologies, there are no available sessions to enrol into right now.