The Code Of Ethics Of National Association Of Social Workers

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Purposes, functions, and goal of social work Social work refers to the profession in which there is a “distinctive emphasis... on the interface between individuals and their social environment” (Toseland & Rivas, 2005, p. 5). The profession was created as a response to a need or concern (Johnson & Yanca, 2010, p. 4). Common human needs include: food, shelter, clothing, health care, opportunities for emotional and intellectual growth, as well as meaningful relationships (Johnson & Yanca, 2010, p. 6). As Johnson and Yanca (2009) state, social work is only one of several social functioning professions and continues to develop from influences from the past and present (p. 10). The profession itself mainly focuses on social welfare, as its purpose is to “promote human and community well-being” (Schriver, 2011, p. 3). NASW Code of Ethics The Code of Ethics of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) outlines ethics and standards that social work professionals are to uphold in their work. These ethics and standards guide decisions and actions within the social work field. Social workers must work to ensure that all work done falls into line with the NASW Code of Ethics. It is here that one can find the most important values in working with clients. Namely, the National Association of Social Workers (2008) mentions the use of “[c]ultural competence and [s]ocial diversity.” As America is made up of various cultures and customs, it is important for workers to respect these
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