The culture of social work education encourages self-censorship, but the development of critical thinking and the need to respect diverse opinions is critical for practice, argues Jane Fenton.

This article in Community Care is about free speech/debate and students self-censoring when it comes to certain contentious or sensitive topics (in the interest of protecting people from ‘harm’ usually). It also might help educators think through the difference between legitimate discussion of difficult issues and hate speech or contraventions of our codes of practice.

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