Code of Ethics Analysis

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Michele
1/18/2013
Week 2 Check Point
Code of Ethics Analysis

I have chosen to use “Sexual Relationships” as a dilemma. For my chosen issue there is only one source where you can find your information and that is in the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Which states Social workers should avoid engaging in sexual relationships with colleagues and clients. (2.07 (b) & 1.09 (a) NASW Code of Ethics). The NASW Code of Ethics (1.09 (a) ) states that: “Social workers should under no circumstances engage in sexual activities or sexual conduct with current clients, whether such contact is consensual or forced.”

The best resource to better understand sexual relationships in social workers is to read and understand the NASW Code of Ethics. The guide clearly states that as a social worker you cannot have a relationship with clients or colleagues. If you read through the guide it clearly tells you shouldn’t, but unfortunately it does and has happened. While researching I came up on a page and wanted to share it with you. http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/EoESepOct07.shtml The story that is on this site goes to show that it doesn’t benefit any one and can just hurt all who are involved. The code of ethics is clear on what it expects of you when it comes to sexual relationships, the only question that I had about it was the fact that “forced” is in there, I know that it is to protect the clients, but what if it was forced by the client directed at the social workers?
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