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When working in a social care environment, ethical practice plays a major part in every aspect of your work. This essay will explain what ethical practise is, how it affects the social care industry, and some examples as to how it could play an important role in daily work. Ethical practise is difficult to properly define. “Caseworkers, supervisors, and other staff should be guided by an overarching set of ethical standards that inform their decision-making and conduct when working with children, youth, and families. Relationships with clients and colleagues should be based on mutual respect, commitment, and honesty, and should take into consideration cultural differences and the right to privacy.” (U.S Department of Health and Human Services, 2003, Childwelfare.gov) In Ireland, The Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Social Workers bye-law 2011 which “specifies the standards of ethics, conduct and performance expected of registered social workers” divides ethical practice for social workers into five categories: • Respect for inherent dignity and worth of persons • Pursuit of social justice • Integrity of Professional practice • Confidentiality in professional practice • Competence in professional practice (Government of Ireland, 2011, p7) The Irish Association of Social Care Workers have their own set of ethical guidelines, including: must be honest, trustworthy, reliable and dependable while giving precedence to professional responsibility over personal interest in the discharge of duty and must present themselves for duty in a fit state mentally and physically.
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Shared values are essential in the creating a successful relationship between the client and social worker. Social workers operate within society, not only to assist the individual but to create a more cohesive society. Values and ethics permeate the whole of social work practice and the society within which it practices (Shardlow 1989). Values are afforded a high position within social work, this is highlighted in: “Social work is a professional activity. Implicit in its practice are ethical principles which prescribe the professional responsibility of the social worker” (British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Code of Ethics).
Competence- The last value of the Code of Ethics outlines competence. “Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise” (NASW, 2008, p.6). Social workers ought to increase their knowledge and expertise in order to apply them in practice. The six core values of social work should guide and impact how social workers act and treat their clients. A social worker must show anyone who they come in contact with that they are valued by serving, standing up against injustices, letting them know they have inherent worth, teaching them the importance of healthy human relationships, having integrity, and being competent.
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