The social worker is ingrained into every part of society. The need for ethical standards to be set and applied is crucial. The National Association of Social Workers has a code of ethics that direct basic values, ethical principles, and ethical standards. This Code helps to guide decision making when an ethical dilemma arises. The NASW Code of Ethics does not tell all Social Workers how to handle every dilemma. The Code is just the backbone of the ethical guideline. What values, principles and standards that every worker brings to the job makes up the rest of the body (NASW, 2008). Moral Responsibilities
The main duty of the social work profession is to improve human welfare and to facilitate all communities in meeting their basic human needs. This profession pays special attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are defenseless, oppressed, and living in poverty. A significant element of social work is the focus on an individual’s wellbeing in society and the wellbeing of society as a whole. This includes paying attention to the environmental factors that create, contribute to, and address problems that occur in everyday living. These duties are met while respecting the cultural and ethnical diversities of the people that they serve (NASW, 2008).
While social workers are shouldering society’s worries, they fall prey to anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, as well as relationship problems and physical or mental illness. These influences on work environments can include the lack of confidence in making decisions, changes in work performance, indecision about professional responsibilities, preconception against certain clients, demotion, or even loss of employment (McAuliffe, 2005). This becomes a challenge to work through personal issues and inner dilemmas to provide the best care possible to their clients. Road map
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References: McAuliffe, D. (2005). I’m still standing: Impacts & Consequences of Ethical Dilemmas for Social Workers in Direct Practice. Retrieved November 20, 2008, from the Social Worker Web site: http://www.socialworker.com/jswve/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=17
National Association of Social Workers. (2008). Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Retrieved November 20, 2008, from the NASW Web site: http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp
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