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4. RIGHTS, JUSTICE AND ECONOMIC WELLBEING - Advance human rights and promote social justice and economic wellbeing

Social workers recognise and promote the fundamental principles of human rights, social justice and economic wellbeing enshrined in national and international laws, conventions and policies. These principles underpin our practice and we use statutory and case law effectively in our work. We understand and address the effects of oppression, discrimination and poverty. Wherever possible, we work in partnership with people using services, their carers and families, to challenge inequality and injustice, and promote strengths, agency, hope and self-determination.


  • provide guidance and challenge to others about applying the principles of social justice, social inclusion and equality to decision-making
  • demonstrate ability to interpret and use current legislation and guidance to protect and/or advance people’s rights and entitlements, balancing use of different legislation to achieve the best outcomes; support colleagues (both inside and outside the organisation) to do so
  • am able to communicate legislative issues to other professionals and agencies
  • model best practice in applying human and civil rights, providing support to others and challenging where required
  • support others to enable individuals to access opportunities that may enhance their economic status (eg education, work, housing, health services and welfare benefits)
  • promote access to independent advocacy, ensuring best practice and critical review, and contribute to the evaluation of independent advocacy 
  • promote and guide colleagues to support strengths, agency, hope and self- determination in people using services, carers, families and communities. I support them in raising their own challenges and finding solutions to inequality, social injustice and rights violations.

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