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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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.
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.
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 discrimination2 based on age, abilities, ethnic background, gender, language, marital status, national ancestry, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
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. 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.
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. 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. The social work profession contributes to knowledge and skills that assist in the management of conflicts and the wide-ranging consequences of conflict. 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.
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.
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 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. Capacity is specific to each decision and thus a person may be capable of deciding about a place of residence, for example, but not capable with respect to deciding about a treatment.
Capacity can change over time Etchells, Sharpe, Elliot and Singer, He states: At common law, without reference to statute law, a young person, still a minor, may give, on his or her own behalf, a fully informed consent to medical treatment if he or she has sufficient maturity, intelligence and capacity of understanding what is involved in making informed choices about the proposed medical treatment…once the capacity to consent has been achieved by the young person reaching sufficient maturity, intelligence and capability of understanding, the discussions about the nature of the treatment, its gravity, the material risks and any special and unusual risks, and the decisions about undergoing treatment, and about the form of the treatment, must all take place with and be made by the young person whose bodily integrity is to be invaded and whose life and health will be affected by the outcome.
Child The Convention on the Rights of the Child passed by the United Nations in and ratified by Canada in , define a child as a person under the age of 18 years unless national law recognizes an earlier age of majority Alberta Law Reform Institute, The age of majority differs in provinces and territories in Canada.
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, the age of consent is held to be over the age of 14 years; age in the context of the criminal code frequently refers to capacity to consent to sexual relations.
All jurisdictions in Canada have legislation regarding child protection, which defines the age of a child for the purposes of protection. In Canada, in the absence of provincial or territorial legislation, courts are governed by common law. Client A person, family, group of persons, incorporated body, association or community on whose behalf a social worker provides or agrees to provide a service or to whom the social worker is legally obligated to provide a service.
Examples of legal obligation to provide service include a legislated responsibility such as in child welfare or a valid court order. Conduct Unbecoming Behaviour or conduct that does not meet social work standard of care requirements and is, therefore, subject to discipline. Standards of practice are inherent characteristics of any profession. Standards of practice may be written or unwritten. Some conduct is clearly regarded as misconduct and need not be written down, whereas other conduct may be the subject of dispute within a profession.
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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.
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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.
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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. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation, administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values.
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