June 07 2013
CheckPoint: Code of Ethics Analysis
Dilemmas in the Nature of Social Work
Social Work Leaders labor in and for human service organizations and agencies which are commanded and maintained by external organizations to accomplish specified purposes for the freedom of society. Organizations and agencies vital goals are to process and change people in socially approved ways, however, the purpose and values of social work create many dilemmas.
Enacting Social Work Purpose and Values
Because ethical decisions are at the center of service delivery, services must be delivered in a way that is consistent with social work’s mission and purpose. Social work values link social work values to social work purpose to administration and leadership by the actions and decisions of leaders that replicate those values. Ethics connected to these services must be consistent with the ethics of internal operations of these organization or agencies. While these organizations are assessing the social service workplace, even though social services is intended and created to protect the vulnerable populations, they are now experiencing internal dilemmas within their own workplace caused by repression of working conditions policies. In this type of situation, social work leaders are in the position of facing the ethical challenge of orchestrating the values of the profession with the fundamental activities of service delivery and employee relationships. (Manning, 2003)
According to the NASW Professional ethics are at the core of social work. The profession has
an obligation to articulate its basic values, ethical principles, and ethical standards. The NASW
Code of Ethics sets forth these values, principles, and standards to guide social workers’
conditions. The Code is relevant to all social workers and social work students, regardless of
their professional functions, the settings in which they work, or the...