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COVID19 and social work ethics

Ethical Exceptions for Social Workers in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Physical Distancing

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in extraordinary times. Consider the issues that arise when social workers are suddenly forced to provide services through technology that they previously provided in person. Ethical exceptions are discussed.

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Would you or your social work organization accept donations from someone who expresses racism or homophobia, a company engaging in child labor, or a violator of human rights? Under what conditions would you accept (or not accept) a tainted donation? Read more

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You receive a notice that someone has issued a request for professional review, claiming you have breached the NASW Code of Ethics. What are your next steps? This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Read more

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You have concerns about a social work colleague's conduct. What are your ethical obligations? What is the best way to proceed? Reporting to the National Association of Social Workers is one option. Is it warranted, and what does it entail? Read more

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Speaking out against disrespectful language is one way social workers can practice the social work value of respecting the dignity and worth of all people. Read more

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Ethics consultation is a process of facilitating critical thinking and empowering social workers (or others) to make effective decisions regarding ethical dilemmas, violations, questions, and processes for dealing with them. Read more

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As we approach conversations on gun violence, we need to keep in mind social work values of integrity, respect, human relationships, and competence. Read more

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Allan Barsky explores religious freedom in the context of social work practice, specifically whether it is ethical for social workers to cite religious differences with clients as the basis for referring clients to other workers. Read more

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Social workers use varying terms related to culture and social diversity - cultural competence, cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural humility, and cultural responsiveness. What do they mean? What’s the difference? Read more

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As social workers, we value honesty in our communications with clients. For some interventions, however, deception or lack of full disclosure is vital to effectiveness. Read more

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What are social workers' ethical obligations when they live in small communities and dual relationships are unavoidable? Boundaries can be complex, with no simple or perfect solutions. Read more

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