The Australian Code Of Ethics For Social Work

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The Australian Code of Ethics for Social Work AASW (2003), which replicates the highest international ethical standards, conditions a respectable social worker to exhibit ethical awareness in their field of work, whilst observing the standards of accountability (Hugman, Pittaway & Bartolomei 2011, p.1272). Social workers, indifferent to their type of service are encouraged to promote ethical values and standards. However, the shift to ethics in research involving human participation was particularly concerning especially after the insensitive research practices involving human subjects in Nazi Germany during the WW2. The abuses led to the establishment of the Nuremberg Code, which highlighted a number of key principles that continues to…show more content…
Informed consent gives the participant the choice of agreeing to part-take in the research whilst simultaneously encompasses the responsibility of the researcher to deliver all the information about the study, its purpose, results, harm, sponsors and the identity of the researchers to the potential participants (McLaughlin 2006, 64). However, several populations, such as children, person with intellectual or mental disabilities will face barriers in comprehending the given information (Wiles, Health, Crow & Charles, 2005; Campbell 1997, p.32). As NCRM manifested, from the field of psychology it has been demonstrated that different methods of information provision impacts the individuals understanding of the research (Wiles, Health, Crow & Charles, 2005). This is particularly a fundamental challenge with groups such as refugees as researchers need to be extra cautious when providing information so the implication of the research is understood. For example, in many instances refugees are shocked to find their stories in public domains through DVDs and magazine, displaying they were unable to understand the repercussions of a released DVD or media article despite giving informed consent (Pittaway, Bartolomei & Hugman 2010, p.233). Furthermore, researchers negotiate access to participants through a range of gatekeepers such as school, organisations and care settings who have no legal rights in the
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