The Code Of Ethics And The Social Work

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Within the social work profession, one of the main goals is promoting social justice and changing the lives of individuals, and with that goal in mind, it is imperative that the Core Values are followed closely. By definition from DuBois and Miley, “eradicating injustices and inequalities to ensure social justice and to protect human rights is the call to action for social workers” (DuBois & Miley, 2014, p.47). Over time the profession of social work evolved, and eventually the National Association of Social Work, as well as its Code of Ethics, were established to set guidelines for the profession. Many people were responsible for the making of social work as a reputable profession today, and it is important that they are credited for…show more content…
1) Although, in 1957, to counteract this notion, the author of “Attributes of a Profession”, Ernest Greenwood argued that social work was in fact a profession. Greenwood made a point that a profession has attributes of knowledge, credibility, and a community, which social work does in fact have. Following the emergence of the U.S. Charity Organization, 1955 was a monumental year for social work, as the National Association of Social Workers emerged from the fusing of multiple social work organizations. The NASW is the largest organization of social workers in the world and holds responsibility for the many important aspects of the social work community. The NASW is credited with publishing the first Code of Ethics on October 13, 1960, which contains the outlines and regulations of the social work profession. From this point on, social work has only grown as a profession and has been beneficial to countless individuals. Social work would not be where it is today without the important people that have worked so hard to shape it. One of the most influential shapers of social work would, without a doubt, be Mary Richmond. Through Richmond’s works Social Diagnosis and What is Case Work?, she worked to “identify the first principles, theories and methods of social casework”. (DuBois & Miley, 2014, p.31). Richmond can be credited with being the mother of social casework, as she allowed individuals to have

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