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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The project emerged as we questioned the role of social work ethics as an arbiter with students who were floundering during the fieldwork practicum. This necessitates clearly articulating what is meant by the conception of social good. Another challenge for the profession and its Code is to more actively respond to the needs of the diverse constituents of the profession by directly confronting policy and practice concerns. 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.

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. The Practice of Social Work: One Code which leads the way is the New Zealand Code which incorporates detailed provisions about Maori people.

Yet as de Maria notes, the Code does not encourage social activism Through the colonisation process Australia’s original inhabitants were systematically stripped of their culture, their land and their rights, and have been subjected to Eurocentric impositions by a variety of professions, including social work.

In recent years however, there have been increasing critiques of codes and their purpose in social work education and practice. Questioning the relevance of social work codes of ethics strikes at the heart of professionalism and professional control.

These codes incorporated at best, global assumptions based on general notions of social justice, elimination of discrimination and self-determination. The Encyclopedia of Social Work: Manitoba College of Social Workers. In particular we have questioned the incorporation of universal content in codes of ethics for the social work profession. Read the Code of Ethics. It also does not lament the place social work has had in the oppression of Indigenous people; nor does it specify the need to consult with Indigenous groups on matters of concern to their communities; nor does it comment on the existing over-representation of Indigenous children in the systems which are serviced by social workers, particularly the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.


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. Social workers recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the indigenous people of Australia. Social work ethics in the age of activism’, Australian Social Work, vol.

The exploration has been part of a journey to see the formulation of a more relevant moral framework for the profession. British Columbia Association of Social Workers.

A Moral Crisis for Social Work: Critical Practice & Codes of Ethics

Canadian Association of Social Workers. This paper presents research which I have undertaken with Carolyn Noble from the University cwsw Western Sydney for more than five years.

Reconstructing an Emancipatory Project, Sage, London.

The AASW needs to change its image from an Anglo-Celtic institution to something else’ The Code could be improved to be less tokenistic about difference, more specific and taking account of the diversity of practitioners. Codes of ethics have been reified and upheld as one of the defining aspects of the social work profession Banks The revised Code does, but is limited.

What this Code should look like, is yet to be resolved. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Since that time our work has taken new twists and turns as we sought to explore perceptions of social work practitioners, educators and students and to look for theoretical insights, particularly from postmodernism.

Our analysis is consistent with a developing critique of universalising approaches which has emerged following engagement with postmodern perspectives in social work HoweLeonard As a profession we need to be careful to avoid a return to what Colin Tatzp.

It does incorporate some statements about Indigenous Australians but these are minimal. For Baumanp.

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Please improve this article by removing excessive or inappropriate external links, and converting useful links where appropriate into footnote references. Linda Briskman can be eghics via e-mail: This was similar to what academics and students told us in the course of our inquiry. 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.

Alberta College of Social Workers. 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.

Text Only Site Search. Provides a basis for professional development and continuing education within the profession. 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.

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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. Although the social work profession has joined with others in advocating for a reconciliation process between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, there has been little evidence of more direct advocacy.

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. 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.

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.

They acknowledge the historical disadvantage suffered by indigenous people and the implications of this for social work practice.

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.

Discussing the Indigenous situation, Dodson refers to the ‘societal stability’ argument which is posed by those who, in order to promote the dominance 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. Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers.

Professional associations based in Canada Social work. For Baumanalthough the postmodern perspective offers more wisdom, the postmodern setting makes acting on that wisdom more difficult. 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. The future of social work codes in the light of the postmodern project is uncertain and fraught.