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The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Code of Ethics () sets forth the values and principles that guide professional social work practice. Although the official Code of Ethics for social workers in British Columbia is the BCASW/BCCSW Code of Ethics, the Code of Ethics developed by the Canadian . Ethical behaviour lies at the core of every profession. The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Code of Ethics sets forth values and principles.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers. Criticisms from the practitioners of the AASW Code included that it was not adequate in addressing issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, disability, age and class; the Code was seen as based on middle class and western notions and Anglo-Celtic institutions; and the Code had limited reflection of other world views and diversity of practice.

Leads from the postmodern conception of difference further challenges singular notions of rationalism and universalism and focus attention on those positioned as ‘other’. We interviewed a small group of social workers in Melbourne and Sydney – practitioners we identified as coming from a progressive or casa perspective, for their views. Saskatchewan Association of Etihcs Workers.

This page was last edited on 1 Novemberat These perspectives have placed emphasis on the power relations between people of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, different sexual preferences and different generational positions.

It also presents Indigenous peoples as ‘other’ failing to acknowledge the increasing number of Indigenous social workers.

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Yet we argue that as social workers we need to work to find pathways to act on that wisdom and to apply the lessons of the postmodern paradigm to practice. This tension has been expanded by Williamsp.


By not specifying the nature of justice, a social worker cannot be expected to understand the form of their responsibility.

It is careful not to create any entry barriers. Social workers recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the indigenous people of Australia. Most practitioners did not want the Code abandoned but recast in some way to address the concerns. The Standards of Practice: The exploration has been part of a journey to see the formulation of a more relevant moral framework for the profession.

CASW Code of Ethics ‘Values and Principles’ | Canadian Association of Social Workers

New Brunswick Association of Social Workers. Reconstructing an Emancipatory Project, Sage, London. Although the Australian Code meets its international obligations by adhering to the principles established by the International Federation of Social Workers IFSWthis is not sufficient in tackling the complexities inherent in a pluralistic society.

Oxford Bibliographies Etyics Research Guide. Section 3 of this Code, the Bicultural Code of Practice of the NZASW, gives recognition that power over resources and decision-making is at present held by non-Indigenous people and that ‘bicultural practice must occur at a structural as well as an individual level to achieve social justice for the Maori’.

CASW Code of Ethics ‘Values and Principles’

Yet, these new provisions do not go far enough. In recent years however, there have been increasing critiques of codes and their purpose in social work education and practice. It does incorporate some statements about Indigenous Australians but these are minimal. The AASW needs to change its image from an Anglo-Celtic institution to something else’ The Code could be improved to be casww tokenistic about difference, more specific and taking account of the diversity of practitioners.


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It was casa concern that social work in the main continues to give credence to universal principles, which attracted us to a postmodern analysis of social work ethics. For example Aboriginal claims to land for example should not be expressed merely in terms of access to resources and income, but also about a means to recover and maintain aspects of culture Patton In the main, the conventional and the progressive views stand in opposition to each other, representing conflicting philosophies and ideologies.

Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada. It encompasses the values of our profession, articulates our central beliefs and creates the unique context for engaging in our work.

The revised Code does, but is limited. Social work is not advanced by a postmodern approach which merely condemns everything and proposes nothing Fawcett and Featherstonep. Retrieved 7 December The future of social work codes in the light of the postmodern project is uncertain and fraught. Ethifs Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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I think the current Code of Ethics is very much within a very Western model and therefore may not necessarily be appropriate with other groups of people who hold a different world view.