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BASW/IFSW Policy on Effective and Ethical Working Environments for Social Work: The responsibilities of employers of social workers

The policy makes it clear that there are several factors which help to create the working environment but that employers have a significant responsibility. BASW strongly recommends that all employers of social workers, including independent social workers, and commissioners of social work services adopt this policy. Social workers should bring this policy to the attention of their employers so that they can be supported to work effectively and accordance with the BASW Code of Ethics (BASW 2012) and the IFSW Statement of Ethical Principles (IFSW 2004). The document has been adapted to reflect the UK context but the policy content is the same as the IFSW document.