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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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 do not reflect this.

Views Read Edit View history. It is aspirational and provides an ideal to strive for. It was the concern that social work in the main continues to give credence to universal principles, which attracted us to a postmodern analysis of social work ethics.

It does incorporate some statements about Indigenous Australians but these are minimal. As a profession we need to be careful to avoid a return to what Colin Tatzp. Future challenges The challenge remains as to what might exist if social work codes of ethics were based on postmodernist concepts of celebrating and accepting diversity, difference and multiplicity.

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What this Code should look like, is yet to be resolved. CASW was founded in [3] to establish standards of practice for social workers. 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. Comments from practitioners included: Professional associations based in Ethica Social work.


In particular we have questioned the incorporation of universal content in codes of ethics for the social work profession. Democracy, Law and Society, ed. One of the practitioners we interviewed commented that social workers don’t see themselves sufficiently as change agents and this needs incorporating in the Code. This was similar to what academics and students told us ehics the course of our inquiry.

British Columbia Association of Social Workers.

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The future of social work codes in the light of the postmodern project is uncertain and fraught. 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.

It also presents Indigenous peoples as ‘other’ failing to acknowledge the increasing number of Indigenous social workers.

This article’s use of external links may not follow Wikipedia’s policies or guidelines. This remains unfinished business for the profession. They acknowledge the historical disadvantage suffered by indigenous people and the implications of this for social work practice. 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:.

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.


In recent years however, there have been increasing critiques of codes and their purpose in social work education and practice.

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The Future of Canadian Social Policy. 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.

An examination of the social work codes of a number of western countries supported our concerns about the critical lag between theory and ethics.

In particular, we need to rthics care that we are ethixs coopted by the prevailing discourse with its focus on individual rights and responsibilities. Difference, Society and Justice’, in Justice and Identity: Canadian Association of Social Workers.

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. December Learn how oc when to remove this template message. The concept of difference and the emphasis on diversity has extended social work’s theoretical concerns into the development of more pluralistic notions of theory and practice perspectives.

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