BASW Position Statement: Social Work Support to people who are dying

BASW is frequently asked to explain the position of the social work profession on current issues. These position statements seek to explain positions that we express on issues that arise frequently. They comprise statements in bold and commentary in italics. The commentary seeks to reflect our Code of Ethics, the views of our members expressed through our democratic structures, and our understanding of social work internationally as a practice-based profession and an academic discipline.

BASW expects social workers to act at all times in accordance with the Code of Ethics for Social Workers, and provides support to help them to do so.

This position statement is about clarifying the key principles underlying good practice in social work with people who are dying and their families: and the societal and legal context needed to underpin this practice. It also has relevance for all social workers, particularly those working with older people and those severely disabled or ill, including those with mental health issues.

Published : 3rd March 2016*

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