Values & Ethics in Social Work

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“In this essay, we have been asked to critically assess the professional values in the ‘British Association of Social Work’ (BASW). With this the concepts of ethics and how this operates in social work practice and analyse the general role in governing and representatives bodies in social work practice”. Values are described as set of rules and guides in the right and wrong decisions we make. Values facilitates the decisions in recognising what is worthy and valuable, with this, weighs out the important and less important, when there is a conflict of values. Ethics is set of moral principles of values, and these contribute to individuals and what groups live by. Ethics consists of factors being culture, religion, and these continuously…show more content…
This consortium monitors the development of competence–based occupational standards in the ‘Health and Personal Social Services’ including the statutory, voluntary, and private care agencies. Competence within the social work field is the knowledge of values and skills to able social workers to practice in a competent manner. Through competence, it demonstrates core knowledge, values and skills to be able to work with individuals, families, and groups ‘over a sustained period in the area of a particular field. Social work practice uses both the ‘Kantian ethics and utilitarian approach’. The ‘Kantian’ approach is ‘categorical imperative’ and the ‘Utilitarian’ approach is ‘greatest happiness principle’. Utilitarian theory is based with happiness and pleasure and was founded by ‘Jeremy Bentham’ and ‘John Stuart Mill’ in the late 18th and 19th century. This approach confirms the principle of action is right if it generates or tends to generate an outcome for the majority of people, which are affected by the action. The failure to do so defines the action as a wrongful act. The ultimate goal in life of utilitarianism is to achieve happiness over pain. There are three mains types of ‘utilitarianism’ consisting of acts, rule and preference. Act utilitarian is flexible it takes into account individual situations, maintaining that the action is good if it generates the best outcome in a particular
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