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NASW Code Violations

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VALUES AND ETHICS IN THE SOCIAL WORK FIELD 2 In the social work field, “client cases are increasingly complex and multidimensional, there is a high risk in bad decision [making], and available resources to address client needs are decreasing while pressures for efficiency are rising.” (Strom-Gotfried, 2000, p. 251). In an examination of NASW Code Violations from 1986-1997, Kimberley Strom Gottfried funds that the majority of violations are confidentiality breaches, various boundary and poor practice violations, competence, informed consent violations, billing and record keeping offences. Although this study is only of NASW members who represent a small portion of social workers, it can serve as a guide to help prevent ethical violations…show more content…
Diverse backgrounds and contrasting values and beliefs may be problematic in adhering to the Code of Ethics. Personally, I do not have issue with any of the social work core values. I think I would have a hard time working with a client who has a different cultural perspective on issues of women’s rights. “From a global or multicultural perspective, values and ethics may be more divisive than unifying.” (Healy, 2007, p. 11). When working with clients, you must meet the client where they are. Treating someone in cases of domestic violence, reproductive options, economic independence, and female circumcision would present challenges in providing an unbiased approach towards treatment. Education and more training would be necessary for me to be culturally sensitive about this matter. Transferring the client to another professional who could adequately provide treatment and educating myself about different cultural perspectives of women around the world to become more culturally competent about this issue would be…show more content…
3). The NASW Code of Ethics “offers a set of values, principles and standards to guide decision making and conduct when ethical issue arise…specific applications of the
Code must take into account the context in which it is being considered and the possibility of conflicts among the Code’s values, principles and standards.” (NASW, 2008, p. 2).
The code is to be used by individuals, agencies, government organizations and other professional groups. The social work mission includes a set of core values with coinciding principles in which each social worker commits to uphold. The first social work value is service. The ethical principle is that it is the “primary goal to help people in need and to address social problems.” (NASW, 2008, p. 3). Confronting social injustice, valuing the dignity and worth of a person and recognizing the importance of human relationships is essential in this field. The fifth value is integrity, and social workers should behave in a trust worthy manner. Social workers must also “practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.” (NASW, 2008, p.
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