In the social work profession, we follow the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. As Johnson and Yanca 2009 state, social work is only one of several social functioning professions and continues to develop from influences from the past and present p. A social worker who begins to work with a client who has previously received services from another agency or colleague should discuss with the client whether it would be in the clients best interest for the social worker to consult with the previous service provider. Code of ethics of the National Association of Social workers. Social workers who serve on interdisciplinary teams should use their social work orientation to assist the team in making decisions that will most likely further the well-being of the client. Responsibilities to clients, including offering quality and continuity of service and protecting clients 2. The behavior of social workers involved in labor-arrangmet disputes, job actions should be in harmony with the values, ethical principles, and standards of the profession of social work.
My personal cultural lens is pretty seasoned with knowledge of adversity faced by different cultures. The ethical standards include the following: 1. Rules have to be followed and people lives, privacy, and their dignity has to be taken into consideration. Any action taken by a social worker should be preceded by a careful examination of the issues and of the impact their actions may have on clients. The News, published 10 times a year monthly, with the exception of August and December , is an information vehicle for practitioners, administrators, researchers, faculty, and students, and members of the association. Social work case studies: Foundation year. The ethical principles are to ensure that dignity and worth of the person, social justice, and importance of human relations, integrity and competency is a service that should be afforded to anyone.
Ethical Responsibilities at Work When Kareem takes a look at the Code of Ethics, he finds it pretty helpful. Social worker should only accept responsibility or employment soon the basis of current competence or the intention to gain the necessary competence. Social worker should be sure that their client records are accurate, reflect services provided, contain sufficient information, are maintained in a timely manner, including day information pertinent to services provided to the client, and protect, as far as possible and appropriate, the privacy of clients. Social workers have a responsibility to work to prevent and eliminate any form of domination exploitation of and discrimination against any individual or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, rational origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical disability. As a social worker, Kareem and those like him are responsible for working towards a better, more inclusive, and supportive society. Another core value is the Importance of Human Relationships. Understanding generalist practice 6th ed.
Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience. Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. So what should Kareem do? Finally, Kareem has responsibilities to society. This is vital when working with juveniles because they sometimes struggle in finding their personal strengths and to help identify some cultural strength might help send them in the right direction in identifying their own strengths. In the field of social work, ethics and values are the key principles that provide the basis for the mission. Social workers should stay up to date in the field by continuing education opportunities relevant to social work practice and ethics.
When representing a professional social work organization, social workers should accurately communicate the official and authorized positions of the organization. The National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics 2008 states that social workers should be sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. This could include social and political action. Upon receiving the termination of contract notice, research proved that Mr. Commitment to client; Self-Determination; Informed Consent; Competence; Cultural Competence Competence and Social Diversity; Conflicts of Interest; Privacy Confidentiality; Access to records; Sexual Relationships; Physical Contact; Sexual Harassment; Derogatory Language; payment for Services; Clients who Lack Decision-Making Capacity; Interruption of Services; Termination of Services. So if Kareem's coworker isn't upholding professional standards, he is not fulfilling his responsibilities as a professional.
Social workers have an ethical responsibility to ensure that the unethical behavior of a colleague is addressed either directly with the colleague, if this is appropriate, or to the proper authorities social workers need to know the prescribed procedures for making ethical complaints. If the colleague is unwilling to get the needed help, the social worker should follow established procedures for notifying the appropriate person or entity. Salesperson accepted a higher offer and sold the contracted property to another purchaser. View the Code of Ethics in the Spanish Language. Social workers should seek help for themselves as soon as they become aware that their personal problems are interfering with their professional judgment and performance. Social workers should refrain from using new treatment approaches until they have appropriately trained and supervised by experts in close interventions.
It provides guidance in dealing with ethical issues affecting individuals or ethical dilemmas as well as incorporating principles which guide social workers. These codes should always be consulted as guidelines when ethical issues arise to get the best outcome for the clients. Good human service workers know this and are familiar with the codes of ethics. Describe the potential ethical dilemma you identified from the course-specific case study you selected. Kareem's responsibilities to social work involve contributing to the integrity of the profession and staying educated on research in the field. Integrity is a very beneficial and needed value. They should contribute their time and expertise to promoting respect for the social worker profession, contribute to the knowledge base of the profession, and act to prevent the practice of social work by unauthorized and unqualified individuals.