Social workers’ efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination and other forms of social justice. Social workers should avoid discrimination against people on the basis of age, gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and so on. The NASW Code of Ethics further identifies the social workers ethical responsibilities to the boarder society by listing the following
Social Work Values & Ethics and Supervision The mission of the social work profession is deeply-rooted in a set of core values. The core values are encompassed by social workers throughout our profession 's history, are the foundation of a social worker 's distinct purpose and perception. These value are service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. This group of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession.
Australian social workers are directed and regulated by the AASW and by the Code of Ethics as established by the AASW. The AASW code of ethics is predominantly centred on the code created by the IASSW thus making the Australian code universally compatible internationally. Australian qualified social workers can practice and are in demand not only nationally but also worldwide. (Department of Employment, 2012). They must also work within the parameters of the policies formed by the proprietors of which ever company, organisation, agency or service contractor for which they are employed.
Being culturally competent as a social worker is a requirement in the field. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics concludes, “Social workers should understand culture and its function in human behavior and society, recognizing the strengths that exist in all cultures” (2008). In the field, social workers encounter individuals of many different ethnic and diverse backgrounds. It is important for social workers to understand the cultural norms of any culture! The reason why is because having this knowledge helps the social worker bridge communication barriers with a foreign individual.
What is the NASW? Why did the NASW create a Code of Ethics for social workers? The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) developed a code of values which is intended to serve as a model or guide to professional behavior for social workers. The NASW Code of Ethics includes a set of core values which lay the foundation, policies, and mission for the social work office which the foundation of social work is based upon Workers, N. A. (2008).
Value: Importance of Human Relationships Ethical Principle: Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships. Social workers understand that relationships between and among people are an important vehicle for change. Social workers engage people as partners in the helping process.
The main thing in achieving the goals of social worker is to base his relationship with clients on values so he could again feel his worth and that he is needed and useful for the society. In the social work the following moral principles are of most importance: humaneness, love, empathy, equality, tolerance, respect, courage, honour and honesty. The links between these values constitute the content of dignity, they are its basic components (Virbalienė, Žydžiūnaitė, 2010). That means that if a social worker follows these values while working with a client, it is easier for him to feel his worth and restore his dignity. No other specialist has so many close links with person’s destiny as a social worker (Prakapas, 2007).
An ethical dilemma happens when two or more ethical principles conflict with one another. Ethical dilemmas are problematic situations in which it is not clear which choice will be the right one. The CP is stuck as to what to do next because there is not just one outcome that will satisfy the ethical principles as stated in the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) Code of Ethics (Kirst-Ashman & Hull, 2012). According to the SASW (2017), the core values of social work are embedded in the ethical responsibilities, which are relevant to the professional activities of social workers.
Core values of a person are characteristics that define that person. Everyone should know obviously what are our core values and why they have it. The values of a person are shaped throughout his life and suffer external influences from family, friends, instructors and the society in which that individual grow. As Gandhi once stated: “Your beliefs become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”
Since social workers work with a variety of populations, they experience some dilemmas during delivering their services to clients, hence the need for ethical conduct. According to Barker (2003) an ethical dilemma refers to a situation that occurs when two or more moral values seem to be equally legal but contradictory and the practitioner is required to make the best possible choice from among them. So it is important to have ethics that will help in taking ethical decisions. Barker (2003) defines ethics as a system of moral principles and perceptions about right versus wrong and the resulting philosophy of conduct that is practiced by a
Values Conflict in Homelessness The National Association of Social Workers (NASW, 2009) Code of Ethics is a guide to social workers’ practice by offering standards, values, and principles. The Code of Ethics is useful in facilitating the social workers’ decision-making process when he is presented with complicate ethical issues. Ethical issues arise with conflicting values, principles, and standards.
Contrasting Values and Theory Applied Twelve pairs of competing values are listed in chapter one with explanations to help begin understanding what social welfare is and how it is connected to social workers. This essay includes personal beliefs with each set of values, chosen pair of values, how paradigm relates to the chosen values and the social values reflected in the paradigm. Undeserving versus Deserving. An individual that is self sufficient may not be eligible for the same benefits as someone that is not. The severely mentally ill population will not have the same services of a general mental health population.
Social workers have several responsibilities. They have to provide service, justice, and dignity to a client. They have to possess integrity, competence, and patience. Social workers need to possess knowledge of human rights, and how to perform scientific inquiry. Social workers occasionally have cases in which problems ensue and a solution is not found within a certain time frame.
At the beginning of this course I honestly thought that my personal values and ethics all came from the same source, which was the religion I grew up following. With this course I was able to see and reflect that it is a habit that was formed and that it has become a routine that I have put myself through. I have been living a life where I was told and expect to believe what my values were I never had the change to explore it myself. The feeling that if I was able to explore myself and my values and be more open to things other then just the values that my church taught me I would have been a very successful woman now. I truly believe that it would affect different aspects of my adult life.
Introduction Work to uplift the society by helping people, their families and communities by correcting their problems and try to work for their betterment. Social work is a profession and people doing social work are skilled professionals with good command on their subject. This practice requires an understanding of human. Social work professionals are found in every facet of our life. Example, education institution, companies, healthcare organisations to name a few.