The History of Social Work
Code of Ethics
Every professional organization is governed by professional ethics or a code of conduct. The organization I chose to discuss in regards to ethics is the National Association of Social Workers or commonly known as NASW. A code of conduct is intended to be a central guide and reference for users in support of day-to-day decision making. It is meant to clarify an organization's mission, values and principles, linking them with standards of professional conduct (“Why have a,” 2009).
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) promotes the quality and effectiveness of social work practice. This mission encompasses the maintenance of ethical conduct with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability. The original NASW code of ethics was approved October 30, 1960 by NASW’s Delegate Assembly in Washington, D.C. The code of ethics defined the social work profession and the responsibilities of the social worker. The code of ethics also outlined fourteen responsibilities for social workers. The code includes four sections, the first section consisting of the preamble, the second section is the purpose of the ethics, the third section deals with ethical issues, and the fourth section addresses ethical standards. As reported by NASW, the first revision of the code of conduct happened in 1967 addressed nondiscrimination. Since the first revision, the code of conduct has had six more revisions in years 1979, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, and 2008. The 1979 revision include six sections of standards, consisting of 82 principles and a preamble. It set forth principals related to the social workers’ ethical responsibility to clients, colleagues, employers and employing organizations, the social...
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