# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Family and Human Services I Task 167906180

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Differentiate between legal and ethical concepts associated with family and human services.


Differentiation should include
  • defining the terms legal and ethical
  • listing examples of legal concepts
  • listing examples of ethical concepts
  • describing the differences between the two
  • explaining historical trends.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are the difficulties in defining the terms legal and ethical? Why is it important to differentiate between the two?
  • How could something be legal but unethical?
  • How does one communicate what is legal?
  • How does one communicate what is ethical?
  • How does one communicate the difference between laws and ethics?
  • What responsibility do family and human services personnel have in providing awareness of laws and regulations to clients and their families?
  • What responsibility do family and human services personnel have in explaining laws and regulations?
  • What might be the effect of not providing ethical training?
  • What might be the effect of misunderstanding laws and regulations pertaining to family and human services?
  • What might be the effect of not understanding the difference between what is legal and what is ethical?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.
  1. Use structural analysis of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to understand complex words.
  2. Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.
  3. Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
  4. Explain the meaning of common idioms.
  5. Explain the meaning of literary and classical allusions and figurative language in text.
  6. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.


The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a variety of nonfiction texts including employment documents and technical writing.
  1. Apply information from texts to clarify understanding of concepts.
  2. Read and correctly interpret an application for employment, workplace documents, or an application for college admission.
  3. Analyze technical writing for clarity.
  4. Paraphrase and synthesize ideas within and between texts.
  5. Draw conclusions and make inferences on explicit and implied information using textual support.
  6. Analyze multiple texts addressing the same topic to determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions.
  7. Analyze false premises, claims, counterclaims, and other evidence in persuasive writing.
  8. Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, sarcasm, overstatement, and understatement in text.
  9. Generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions about the text(s).

History and Social Science


The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by

  1. synthesizing evidence from artifacts and primary and secondary sources to obtain information about events in Virginia and United States history;
  2. using geographic information to determine patterns and trends in Virginia and United States history;
  3. interpreting charts, graphs, and pictures to determine characteristics of people, places, or events in Virginia and United States history;
  4. constructing arguments, using evidence from multiple sources;
  5. comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives in Virginia and United States history;
  6. explaining how indirect cause-and-effect relationships impact people, places, and events in Virginia and United States history;
  7. analyzing multiple connections across time and place;
  8. using a decision-making model to analyze and explain the incentives for and consequences of a specific choice made;
  9. identifying the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and ethical use of material and intellectual property; and
  10. investigating and researching to develop products orally and in writing.

Other Related Standards

FCCLA National Programs

Families First: Families Today


Families First: Meet the Challenge


Families First: You-Me-Us


Power of One: A Better You


Power of One: Family Ties


Power of One: Working on Working


FCCLA: STAR Events (2019)

Interpersonal Communications


Professional Presentation


Public Policy Advocate


National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education


Analyze professional, ethical, legal, and safety issues for human service employees.


Analyze harmful, fraudulent, unethical, and deceptive human services practices.


Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior with peers in a variety of settings.