File Name: values and principles of social work .zip
As a profession, social work aims to improve human well-being and help satisfy the fundamental human needs of all people, with special regard to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty. A focus on the outside forces that create, contribute and address life problems is fundamental to social work.
- 1.2: NASW Code of Ethics
- Why the Social Work Code of Ethics is Important
- Introduction to Social Justice in Social Work
Social work is considered a helping profession.
Social workers have an obligation to conduct themselves and make decisions in accordance with our Code of Ethics. This includes working in partnership with people who use our services. We promote human rights and social justice. We develop and maintain our understanding of the value base of our profession throughout our career, its ethical standards and relevant law. Download social worker layer in full as a PDF.
1.2: NASW Code of Ethics
Why the Social Work Code of Ethics is Important
Social work is an academic discipline and practice-based profession that concerns itself with individuals, families , groups , communities and society as a whole in an effort to meet basic needs and enhance social functioning, self-determination, collective responsibility, and overall well-being. Social work practice is often divided into micro-work, which involves working directly with individuals or small groups; and macro-work, which involves working with communities, and fostering change on a larger scale through social policy. The social work profession  developed in the 19th century, with some of its roots in voluntary philanthropy and in grassroots organizing. The effects of the Industrial Revolution and of the Great Depression of the s placed pressure on social work to become a more defined discipline. Social work is a broad profession that intersects with several disciplines.
Introduction to Social Justice in Social Work
Social workers are passionate about serving others. They apply this passion to advocating for vulnerable groups of people like children, seniors and those with disabilities. Because of this, social work is tied to social justice, which often leads efforts to protect the rights of the previously mentioned groups. Social justice has to do with the belief that all people should have equal rights and opportunity.