End of first placement

2. VALUES AND ETHICS - Apply social work ethical principles and value to guide professional practices

Social workers have an obligation to conduct themselves and make decisions in accordance with our Code of Ethics. This includes working in partnership with people who use our services. We promote human rights and social justice. We develop and maintain our understanding of the value base of our profession throughout our career, its ethical standards and relevant law.


  • understand and, with support, apply the profession's ethical principles from our Code of Ethics
  • recognise and with support, explore and manage the impact of my own values on professional practice
  • identify and, with guidance, manage potentially conflicting values and ethical dilemmas
  • elicit and respect the needs and views of service users, carers and families, and with support, promote their participation in decision-making wherever possible
  • recognise and, with support, promote individuals' legal and ethical rights to autonomy and self-determination
  • promote and protect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals within and outside their families and networks, recognising the requirements of professional accountability and appropriate information sharing.

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