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Social Welfare Policy and Services II: Social Work Values & Ethics

Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. Online journal that examines the ethical and values issues that impact and are interwoven with social work practice, research, and theory development.

Social Work Values

From the Preamble to the NASW Code of Ethics:

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective:

  • service
  • social justice
  • dignity and worth of the person
  • importance of human relationships
  • integrity
  • competence.

This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession. Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience.

NASW Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers
Approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the 2008 NASW Delegate Assembly
Ethical Standards in Social Work: The NASW Code of Ethics
Frederic G. Reamer. Encyclopedia of Social Work. New York, Oxford University Press, 2008.
"This article summarizes the diverse purposes and functions of professional codes of ethics and the historical trends and changes in social work's codes of ethics." Rutgers-restricted access