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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Yet, these new provisions do not go far enough. Encyclopedia o Canadian social work. 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.

Discussing the Indigenous situation, Dodson refers to the ‘societal stability’ argument which is posed by those who, in order to promote the cadw of a chosen system, actively discourage, suppress, marginalise or neglect benignly other competing systems, with such sacrifices required ‘in the name of justice, stability and the majority interest’p.

Reformulated inthe New Zealand Code attempts to accommodate difference and diversity. These codes incorporated at best, global assumptions based on general notions of social justice, elimination of discrimination and self-determination. 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. Difference, Society and Justice’, in Justice and Identity: Social work is not advanced by a cde approach which merely condemns everything and proposes nothing Fawcett and Featherstonep.

CASW was founded in [3] to establish standards of practice for social workers. Ensuring Nova Scotians receive the services of skilled and competent social workers who are knowledgeable, ethical, qualified, and accountable to the people who receive social work services.

She found that calling on the modernist theoretical perspectives did not deal with the contradictions facing her in trying to provide explanations for the inconsistencies and concerns she experienced when dealing with complex and extraordinary events.

They fail to distinguish between individual rights and collective rights, between mainstreaming approaches and sovereignty and between service delivery and rights to land and culture. For example, the Standards of Practice incorporated in the Australian Code of Ethics includes a statement under the umbrella of commitment to social justice that:.


If we accept the impossibility of now finding ‘one voice’ in which to represent difference and if we embrace a politics of difference Yeatmanthen it may be possible to have a Code which reflects diversity. 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. The provisions reflect a view that Aboriginal people are a minority who suffer particular disadvantages, not that they are Indigenous people with rights and status D’Souza For Baumanalthough the postmodern perspective offers more wisdom, the postmodern setting makes acting on that wisdom more difficult.

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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. Yet we argue that as social workers we need to work to find pathways to act on that wisdom and to apply the lessons of the postmodern paradigm to practice.

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers. Unravelling codification of ethics Reasons identified for codes of professinal ethics include a contribution to the professional status of an occupation, to establish and maintain professional identity, to guide practitioners how to act and to protect users from malpractice or abuse Banksp. It 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.

This remains unfinished business for the profession. A problem with the development of the emerging frameworks is that to now they have received inconsistent treatment in the literature and have been slow to progress beyond conventional analysis of conventional social work.

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Questioning the relevance of social work codes of ethics strikes at the heart of professionalism and professional control. In joining with the Aboriginal position we need to be clear about the ideological stance we are embracing. 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.


The Standards of Practice: Although many 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 cofe not reflect this.

Wikipedia external links cleanup from December Wikipedia spam cleanup from December All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from December Articles with dead external links from November Articles with permanently dead external links. Since that time our work has taken new twists and turns as we ethiccs to explore perceptions of social work practitioners, educators and students and to look for theoretical insights, particularly from postmodernism.

British Columbia Association of Social Workers. Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide. Retrieved from ” https: The Future of Canadian Ckde Policy.

Codes of Ethics seem here to stay, although some challenges have been presented this notion. Social workers recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the indigenous people of Australia.

The Code could be improved to be less tokenistic about difference, more specific and taking account of the diversity of practitioners. Linda Briskman can be contacted via e-mail: The Encyclopedia of Social Work: 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.

Most practitioners did not want the Code abandoned but recast in some way to address the concerns. 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.

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