The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Code of Ethics () sets forth the values and principles that guide professional social work practice. Although the official Code of Ethics for social workers in British Columbia is the BCASW/BCCSW Code of Ethics, the Code of Ethics developed by the Canadian . Ethical behaviour lies at the core of every profession. The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Code of Ethics sets forth values and principles.
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Professional associations based in Canada Social work. Although coed practising social workers would deny working on ‘universalist’ assumptions and would hail the acknowledgment of difference as paramount to their practice methods, constraints under which such workers operate do not reflect this. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This tension has been expanded by Williamsp.
Retrieved 5 October The future of social work codes in the light of the postmodern project off uncertain and fraught. The Practice of Social Work: Leads from the postmodern conception of difference further challenges singular notions of rationalism and universalism and focus attention on those positioned as ‘other’.
These are noble sentiments indeed, and reverse the exclusion of Indigenous people in the previous AASW Code, an invisibility which mirrors the exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from the annals of Australian history. Association of Social Workers fasw Northern Canada. The concept of difference and the emphasis on diversity cose extended social work’s theoretical concerns into the development of more pluralistic notions of theory and practice perspectives.
Is it that social workers should always act to produce the greatest amount of good, or the least amount of harm?
erhics There have been few such analyses of practice, and we call on social work practitioners to take Riley’s lead in unravelling the limitations of traditional theoretical explanations in practice. December Learn how and when to remove this template message.
In particular, we need to take care that we are not coopted by the prevailing discourse with its focus on individual rights and responsibilities. Criticisms from the practitioners of the AASW Code included that it was not adequate in addressing issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, disability, age and class; the Code was seen as based on middle class and western notions and Anglo-Celtic institutions; and the Code had limited reflection of other world views and diversity of practice.
This necessitates clearly articulating what is meant by the conception of social good. Our analysis is consistent with a developing critique of universalising approaches which has emerged following engagement with postmodern perspectives in social work HoweLeonard Practice relevance What does our critique of codified ethics in the Australian context mean for practice? By not specifying the nature of justice, a social worker cannot be expected to understand the form of their responsibility.
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Reasons identified for codes of professinal ethics include a contribution to the professional status of an occupation, to establish and maintain professional cassw, to guide practitioners how to act and to protect users from malpractice or abuse Banksp. Social workers recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the indigenous people of Australia.
Yet as de Maria notes, the Code does not encourage social activism Social workers recognise and respect the racial and cultural diversity of Australian society, taking into account the further diversity that exists among the individuals, families, groups and communities with indigenous and other cultures.
These perspectives have placed emphasis on the power relations between people of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, different sexual preferences and different generational positions.
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Our Foundation for Growth. 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. However, he is not necessarily calling for the abandonment of ethics, but the rejection of typically modernist ways of going about moral problems, including the search for absolutes.
These constraints are more pronounced under the current economics-driven new managerialist agendas which confront the social work profession and which propose ‘global’ solutions to complex issues.
Social work ethics in the age of activism’, Australian Social Work, vol. This remains unfinished business for the profession. Reconstructing an Emancipatory Project, Sage, London. Section 3 of this Code, the Bicultural Code of Practice of the NZASW, gives recognition that power over resources and decision-making is at present held by non-Indigenous people and that ‘bicultural practice must occur at a structural as well as an individual level if achieve social justice for the Maori’.
Encyclopedia of Canadian social work. The new clauses fail to unravel the complexities of cultural diversity, anti-oppressive practice and discrimination.
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Dode Nova Scotia College of Social Workers exists to serve and protect Nova Scotians by effectively regulating the profession of social work. Questioning the relevance of social work codes of ethics strikes at the heart of professionalism and professional control. Off is still individualistic in approach although to its credit it does make statements about distributive justice, human rights and recognition and respect for racial and cultural diversity, as well as the need for social workers to act to change social structures that preserve inequalities and justice.
Retrieved vasw December History of Canadian Social Welfare: Following on from direct references to Indigenous peoples, the revised Code leaps from the rights of Indigenous people to more general statements on cultural diversity, which can be seen as an endeavour to ‘universalise’ the particular.
This means social work has to rise to the challenge of dealing with competing voices Flax and embracing an ethic which asserts a responsibility to those who have been reduced to objects and acted upon by those with knowledge Leonard The revised Code does, but is limited. This paper takes the work a step further by applying our reflections to the situation of Indigenous people in Australia, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. 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 Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.
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We interviewed a small group of social workers in Melbourne and Sydney – practitioners we identified as coming from a progressive or critical perspective, for their views. Although the Australian Code meets its international obligations by adhering to the principles established by the International Federation of Social Workers IFSWthis is not sufficient in tackling the complexities inherent in a pluralistic society.