Social worker

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 ensure my practice is underpinned by commitment to working in partnership with, and listening closely to, people who use services, carers, families, communities and networks, wherever possible. I negotiate and establish boundaries to underpin such partnership, using transparency and honesty
  • demonstrate confident application of ethical reasoning to professional practice, rights and entitlements, questioning and challenging others using a legal and human rights framework 
  • critically reflect on and manage the influence and impact of my own and others' values on professional practice 
  • recognise and manage conflicting values and ethical dilemmas in practice, using supervision, team discussion and other professionally justifiable sources of support, questioning and challenging others, including those from other professions 
  • ensure practice is underpinned by policy, procedures and code of conduct to promote individuals’ rights to determine their own solutions, promoting problem-solving skills, whilst recognising how and when self-determination may be constrained (by the law) 
  • work to protect privacy and promote trust, whilst being able to justify, explain and take appropriate action when the right to privacy is overridden by professional or legal requirements. 

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