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 Practice of Social Work: As a profession we need to be careful to avoid a return to what Colin Tatzp.

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.

Guidelines for Ethical Practice

The provisions reflect a view that Aboriginal people are a minority who suffer particular disadvantages, not that they are Indigenous people with ehhics and status D’Souza 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. Social work is not advanced by a postmodern approach which merely condemns everything and proposes nothing Fawcett and Featherstonep.


Log in to myUWindsor. In particular we have questioned the incorporation of universal content in codes of ethics for the social work profession. By not specifying the nature of justice, a social worker cannot be expected to understand the form of their responsibility.

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

Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.

This means social vasw has to rise to the challenge of dealing with competing voices Flax and embracing an ethic which asserts case responsibility to those who have been reduced to objects and acted upon by those with knowledge Leonard In joining with the Aboriginal position we need to be clear about the ideological stance we are embracing. The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers exists to serve and protect Nova Scotians by effectively regulating the profession of social work.

Comments from practitioners included:. 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.

Codes of Ethics seem here to stay, although some challenges have been presented this notion. Canadian Association of Social Workers.


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.

Section 3 of this Code, the Bicultural Code of Practice of the NZASW, gives recognition that power over resources and decision-making is at present held by non-Indigenous people and that ‘bicultural practice must occur at a structural as well as an individual level to achieve social justice for the Maori’. In the main, the conventional and the progressive views stand in opposition to each other, representing conflicting philosophies and ideologies.

The revised Code does, but is limited.

CASW Code of Ethics –

The future of social work codes in the light of the postmodern project is uncertain and fraught. What this Og should look like, is yet to be resolved. The Standards of Practice: Most practitioners did not want the Code abandoned but recast in some way to address the concerns.

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. We establish, maintain, and regulate Standards of Professional Practice to ensure Nova Scotians caasw the services of skilled and competent social workers who are knowledgeable, ethical, qualified, and accountable to the people who receive their services.

Manitoba College of Social Workers.