Preamble The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living. Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice.
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Ce document est disponible en franais. These resources can be found in the Reference section of each document. A code of ethics cannot guarantee ethical behaviour. Ethical behaviour comes from a social workers individual commitment to engage in ethical practice. Both the spirit and the letter of this Code of Ethics will guide social workers as they act in good faith and with a genuine desire to make sound judgements.
Other individuals, organizations and bodies such as regulatory boards, professional liability insurance providers, courts of law, boards of directors of organizations employing social workers and government agencies may also choose to adopt this Code of Ethics or use it as a basis for evaluating professional conduct.
In Canada, each province and territory is responsible for regulating the professional conduct of social workers to ensure the protection of the public. Social workers are advised to contact the regulatory body in their province or territory to determine whether it has adopted this Code of Ethics. Further, the Code of Ethics does not specify which values and principles are most important and which outweigh others in instances of conflict.
Reasonable differences of opinion exist among social workers with respect to which values and principles should be given priority in a particular situation. Thus, social workers need to be aware of any conflicts between personal and professional values and deal with them responsibly. As professionals, social workers are educated to exercise judgement in the face of complex and competing interests and claims. Ethical decision-making in a given situation will involve the informed judgement of the individual social worker.
Instances may arise when social workers ethical obligations conflict with agency policies, or relevant laws or regulations. When such conflicts occur, social workers shall make a responsible effort to resolve the conflicts in a manner that is consistent with the values and principles expressed in this Code of Ethics. If a reasonable resolution of the conflict does not appear possible, social workers shall seek appropriate consultation before making a decision.
This may involve consultation with an ethics committee, a regulatory body, a knowledgeable colleague, supervisor or legal counsel. Preamble The social work profession is dedicated to the welfare and self-realization of all people; the development and disciplined use of scientific and professional knowledge; the development of resources and skills to meet individual, group, national and international changing needs and aspirations; and the achievement of social justice for all.
Social workers are committed to human rights as enshrined in Canadian law, as well as in international conventions on human rights created or supported by the United Nations. As professionals in a country that upholds respect for diversity, and in keeping with democratic rights and freedoms, social workers respect the distinct systems of beliefs and lifestyles of individuals, families, groups, communities and nations without prejudice United Nations Centre for Human Rights, Specifically, social workers do not tolerate discrimination 2 Throughout this document the term discrimination refers to treating people unfavourably or holding negative or prejudicial attitudes based on discernable differences or stereotypes.
It does not refer to the positive intent behind programs, such as affirmative action, where one group may be given preferential treatment to address inequities created by discrimination. Value 1: Respect for the Inherent Dignity and Worth of Persons Social work is founded on a long-standing commitment to respect the inherent dignity and individual worth of all persons.
When required by law to override a clients wishes, social workers take care to use the minimum coercion required. Social workers recognize and respect the diversity of Canadian society, taking into account the breadth of differences that exist among individuals, families, groups and communities.
Principles: Social workers respect the unique worth and inherent dignity of all people and uphold human rights. Social workers uphold each persons right to self-determination, consistent with that persons capacity and with the rights of others. Social workers respect the diversity among individuals in Canadian society and the right of individuals to their unique beliefs consistent with the rights of others.
Social workers respect the clients right to make choices based on voluntary, informed consent. Social workers uphold the right of society to impose limitations on the self-determination of individuals, when such limitations protect individuals from self-harm and from harming others.
Social workers uphold the right of every person to be free from violence and threat of violence. Value 2: Pursuit of Social Justice Social workers believe in the obligation of people, individually and collectively, to provide resources, services and opportunities for the overall benefit of humanity and to afford them protection from harm. Social workers oppose prejudice and discrimination against any person or group of persons, on any grounds, and specifically challenge views and actions that stereotype particular persons or groups.
Social workers uphold the right of people to have access to resources to meet basic human needs. Social workers advocate for fair and equitable access to public services and benefits. Social workers advocate for equal treatment and protection under the law and challenge injustices, especially injustices that affect the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Social workers promote social development and environmental management in the interests of all people. Value 3: Service to Humanity The social work profession upholds service in the interests of others, consistent with social justice, as a core professional objective. In professional practice, social workers balance individual needs, and rights and freedoms with collective interests in the service of humanity.
When acting in a professional capacity, social workers place professional service Canadian Association of Social Workers CASW Code of Ethics 6 before personal goals or advantage, and use their power and authority in disciplined and responsible ways that serve society.
The social work profession contributes to knowledge and skills that assist in the management of conflicts and the wide-ranging consequences of conflict.
Principles: Social workers place the needs of others above self-interest when acting in a professional capacity. Social workers strive to use the power and authority vested in them as professionals in responsible ways that serve the needs of clients and the promotion of social justice.
Social workers promote individual development and pursuit of individual goals, as well as the development of a just society. Social workers use their knowledge and skills in bringing about fair resolutions to conflict and in assisting those affected by conflict. Value 4: Integrity in Professional Practice Social workers demonstrate respect for the professions purpose, values and ethical principles relevant to their field of practice.
Social workers maintain a high level of professional conduct by acting honestly and responsibly, and promoting the values of the profession.
Social workers strive for impartiality in their professional practice, and refrain from imposing their personal values, views and preferences on clients. It is the responsibility of social workers to establish the tenor of their professional relationship with clients, and others to whom they have a professional duty, and to maintain professional boundaries.
As individuals, social workers take care in their actions to not bring the reputation of the profession into disrepute. Where conflicts exist with respect to these sources of ethical guidance, social workers are encouraged to seek advice, including consultation with their regulatory body.
Canadian Association of Social Workers CASW Code of Ethics 7 Social workers demonstrate and promote the qualities of honesty, reliability, impartiality and diligence in their professional practice.
Social workers demonstrate adherence to the values and ethical principles of the profession and promote respect for the professions values and principles in organizations where they work or with which they have a professional affiliation. Social workers establish appropriate boundaries in relationships with clients and ensure that the relationship serves the needs of clients. Social workers value openness and transparency in professional practice and avoid relationships where their integrity or impartiality may be compromised, ensuring that should a conflict of interest be unavoidable, the nature of the conflict is fully disclosed.
Value 5: Confidentiality in Professional Practice A cornerstone of professional social work relationships is confidentiality with respect to all matters associated with professional services to clients. Social workers demonstrate respect for the trust and confidence placed in them by clients, communities and other professionals by protecting the privacy of client information and respecting the clients right to control when or whether this information will be shared with third parties.
Social workers only disclose confidential information to other parties including family members with the informed consent of clients, clients legally authorized representatives or when required by law or court order. The general expectation that social workers will keep information confidential does not apply when disclosure is necessary to prevent serious, foreseeable and imminent harm to a client or others.
In all instances, social workers disclose the least amount of confidential information necessary to achieve the desired purpose. Social workers respect the importance of the trust and confidence placed in the professional relationship by clients and members of the public. Social workers respect the clients right to confidentiality of information shared in a professional context. Canadian Association of Social Workers CASW Code of Ethics 8 Social workers only disclose confidential information with the informed consent of the client or permission of clients legal representative.
Social workers may break confidentiality and communicate client information without permission when required or permitted by relevant laws, court order or this Code. Social workers demonstrate transparency with respect to limits to confidentiality that apply to their professional practice by clearly communicating these limitations to clients early in their relationship.
Value 6: Competence in Professional Practice Social workers respect a clients right to competent social worker services. Social workers analyze the nature of social needs and problems, and encourage innovative, effective strategies and techniques to meet both new and existing needs and, where possible, contribute to the knowledge base of the profession. Social workers have a responsibility to maintain professional proficiency, to continually strive to increase their professional knowledge and skills, and to apply new knowledge in practice commensurate with their level of professional education, skill and competency, seeking consultation and supervision as appropriate.
Principles: Social workers uphold the right of clients to be offered the highest quality service possible. Social workers strive to maintain and increase their professional knowledge and skill. Social workers demonstrate due care for clients interests and safety by limiting professional practice to areas of demonstrated competence. Social workers contribute to the ongoing development of the profession and its ability to serve humanity, where possible, by participating in the development of current and future social workers and the development of new professional knowledge.
Social workers who engage in research minimize risks to participants, ensure informed consent, maintain confidentiality and accurately report the results of their studies.
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These resources can be found in the Reference section of each document. A code of ethics cannot guarantee ethical behaviour. Both the spirit and the letter of this Code of Ethics will guide social workers as they act in good faith and with a genuine desire to make sound judgements. Other individuals, organizations and bodies such as regulatory boards, professional liability insurance providers, courts of law, boards of directors of organizations employing social workers and government agencies may also choose to adopt this Code of Ethics or use it as a basis for evaluating professional conduct. In Canada, each province and territory is responsible for regulating the professional conduct of social workers to ensure the protection of the public.
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Author s : CASE Board of Trustees Published Date: March 12, Institutional advancement professionals, by nature of our responsibilities within the academic community, represent our schools, colleges, and universities to the larger society. We have, therefore, a duty to exemplify the best qualities of our institutions and to observe the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. We conduct ourselves in a manner which is consistent with the best interests of the institution we represent. Our words and actions embody respect for truth, fairness, free inquiry, and the opinions of others. We promote the merits of our institutions, and of education generally, respecting both our colleagues and the mission of each institution. We respect, celebrate, and include all individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, physical ability, or age.
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It encompasses the values of our profession, articulates our central beliefs and creates the unique context for engaging in our work. For example Aboriginal claims to land for example should not be expressed merely in terms of access to resources and income, but also about a means to recover and maintain aspects of culture Patton The new clauses fail to unravel the complexities of cultural diversity, anti-oppressive practice and discrimination. Put into action the values, ethics, knowledge, and skills expected of social work professionals, so that other professionals, employees, clients and the general public may understand the goals and methods of social work practice in Nova Scotia. Social work is not advanced by a postmodern approach which merely condemns everything and proposes nothing Fawcett and Featherstonep. In particular we have questioned the incorporation of universal content in codes of ethics for the social work profession. By not specifying the nature of justice, a social worker cannot be expected to understand the form of their responsibility. This necessitates clearly articulating what is meant by the conception of social good.
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