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 effect a person’s beliefs and ethics. As individuals continues to develop and there adapt different values with ethics. This is through past experiences and the expectations as our life pattern changes. Core values in social work practice are the code of ethics informing our understanding of the difference and diversity. Social work profession is evaluated by a whole set of guidelines, measures put in place by regulatory body, giving the movement to put in place new governmental laws and guides within this field. Social work practice is a profession where it works alongside the ‘code of ethics’, these consist of formal statements which represent values of the professional community. The national associations such as Britain state the core values within this field are human dignity and worth, social justice, service to humanity (human rights), integrity and competence. The professional field is regulated by the ‘British Association of Social Work’ (BASW). The core values within social work are huma... ... middle of paper ... ...he actual means is to provide worthy aims which are clearly played out by three different social care levels. The key elements are of inspection, monitoring and quality assurance, performance of management in which social workers and social care practitioners operate in. With this, it include approving education programmes and training programmes which health and care professionals must complete before they are able to register with the HCPC. Works Cited Banks, S., 2006. Ethics and Values in Social Work. 3rd ed. Hampshire, England.: Palgrave MacMillan . Thomas, J. P. &. M., 2010. Dictionary of Social Work. Berkshire, England. Bell and Bain Ltd, Glasgow.. Tompson, N., 2009. Understanding Social Work. 3rd ed. London: Palgrave Macillan. Wilson, K. et. al., 2011. Social Work ' Introduction to Contemporary Practice'. 2nd ed. Essex, England.: Pearson Education Ltd .

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