Ethical Values Social Workers Face

Dr. Purushothaman
October 15, 2013

Social work is a field that is growing and many new areas are added to it and the demand for its professionals increases. It is a profession that focuses solely on helping others, without any selfish aims and profit-making behavior, so it is given a lot of importance. There are plenty of different kinds of social workers, but, what they all have in common is a sense of ethics and principles which must be followed.

Whether these workers are employed by the government or a private organization, one thing that is essential is that they have to follow a specific code of conduct when it comes to their job. Most organizations have their own ethical code, but the National Association of Social workers has also developed a code, which has to be followed by all workers in the country. It includes all aspects of behavior and is very comprehensive.

There are many important ethical values, but the top one is service. The main aim of social workers should be to provide a service to the community, and to be willing to help no matter what. These services should not be for financial gain, but for the sole purpose of helping people. Social justice is an important ethical value, and social workers should aim to end all kinds of injustices in their area of concern. It is important for these workers to know the value of every human- being, so that they understand the importance of making even the smallest difference. Apart from that, an important ethical value is the importance of relationships so that these workers can make an effort to sustain and improve human relationships of all kinds.

Although it goes without saying, social workers must put other people and their needs above their own financial gains. They need to understand that the work they do is for humanity and it is a kind of charity, not a simply business as with many careers.

Moreover, social workers should also realize that not everyone is willing to receive their help, so they cannot force their work on someone. Even though they might be able to help someone, if that person refuses help, workers do not have the right to force their decisions on that person. Confidentiality is just as important, and any information about a client should be classified and not shared with anyone unless it is required, and even then, consent must be taken.

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