Introduction to Social Work Values and Ethics
What is the Social Work Code of Ethics?
- Social justice
- The importance of human relationships
- Dignity and worth of the client
Why is there a code of ethics?
- Provides core values upon which the social work occupation is based.
- Creates distinct ethical standards that should direct social work practices and represent the core values.
- Guides social workers in their professional considerations and obligations when ethical uncertainties occur.
- Provides ethical standards to which the social work profession can be held liable.
- Establishes the profession’s mission, values and ethical principles and standards for new social workers.
- Makes standards by which the social work profession can assess if a social worker has engaged in unethical practices. Social workers who pledge to abide by this code must comply with its provisions and disciplinary rulings.
Core Values in Social Work
Resources for Further Learning
Organizations and regulatory boards for social workers
- Association of Social Work Boards Licensing and Regulations page
- Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research
- Association of Social Work Boards Examinations page
- American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
- Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
- Association of Social Work Boards’ state board list
- School Social Work Association of America
- American Council for School Social Work
- Association of Oncology Social Work
- Council on Social Work Education
- Clinical Social Work Association
- Rural Social Work Caucus
Test prep guides for the social work licensing exam
Scholarly journals and articles for social workers
Career sites for social workers
- The prime responsibility of a social worker is to enhance and promote the well-being of their clients above all.
- The purpose of the NASW Code of Ethics and Core Values is to set forth the principles and policies that guide a social worker’s direction. This code should be used and followed by all social workers, including students.
- Social workers must continue to learn, but should be aware of their limitations and practice within their scope of intelligence.