The Code Of Ethics, Values, And Guidelines For Social Workers

946 Words Feb 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Like many professions, the profession of Social Work is bound by a code of ethics. However, unlike many professions, the field of Social Work is built upon a core group of values. These values should always be considered and remembered by any professional in this field.
Modern social workers first are shaped through their formal education following the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards, they are then bound by the National Association of Social Work (NASW) code of ethics, and finally they are mandated to follow the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability of Act (HIPAA) guidelines in practice.
Guiding ethics, values, and guidelines for social workers The NASW Code of Ethics is the single most important and inclusive set of guidelines for any social worker. As the name implies, it details ethical principles and standards for the profession of social work. It also, perhaps more importantly, lists the six core values unique to the field of social work (National Association of Social Workers, 2008). While every detail in the NASW Code of Ethics is important, naturally there are some key values and principles that outrank others. Of the six values, “dignity and worth of the person”, “service”, and “social justice” (National Association of Social Workers, 2008) are values that seem to carry more weight and are universally relevant in all social work practice. These values are also often reflected in the personal values of social work professionals. As…

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