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A code of ethics is a guide of principles designed to help professionals conduct business honestly and with integrity. A code of ethics also referred to as an "ethical code," may encompass areas such as business ethics, a code of professional practice, and an employee code of conduct.

The five fundamental principles are - Integrity, Objectivity, Professional competence and due care, Confidentiality, and Professional behaviour.

A code of ethics sets out the ground rules for decision making for people who belong to a group. It is a form of self regulation. The expectation is that you understand and agree to abide by the code of ethics as a condition of belonging to a profession or community of practice.

The following broad ethical principles are based on social work's core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. These principles set forth ideals to which all social workers should aspire.

Code of Ethics

Value: Service

Ethical Principle

Social workers' primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.

Social workers elevate service to others above self-interest. Social workers draw on their knowledge, values, and skills to help people in need and to address social problems. Social workers are encouraged to volunteer some portion of their professional skills with no expectation of significant financial return (pro bono service).

Value: Social Justice

Ethical Principle

Social workers challenge social injustice.

Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers' social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people.

 

Value: Dignity and Worth of the Person

Ethical Principle

Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.

Social workers treat each person in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual differences and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers promote clients' socially responsible self-determination. Social workers seek to enhance clients' capacity and opportunity to change and to address their own needs. Social workers are cognizant of their dual responsibility to clients and to the broader society. They seek to resolve conflicts between clients' interests and the broader society's interests in a socially responsible manner consistent with the values, ethical principles, and ethical standards of the profession.

Value: Importance of Human Relationships

Ethical Principle

Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships.

Social workers understand that relationships between and among people are an important vehicle for change. Social workers engage people as partners in the helping process. Social workers seek to strengthen relationships among people in a purposeful effort to promote, restore, maintain, and enhance the well-being of individuals, families, social groups, organizations, and communities.

 

Value: Integrity

Ethical Principle

Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner.

Social workers are continually aware of the profession's mission, values, ethical principles, and ethical standards and practice in a manner consistent with them. Social workers should take measures to care for themselves professionally and personally. Social workers act honestly and responsibly and promote ethical practices on the part of the organizations with which they are affiliated.

Value: Competence

Ethical Principle

Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.

Social workers continually strive to increase their professional knowledge and skills and to apply them in practice. Social workers should aspire to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession.

Unlike in developed countries It is Imperative that ethics principles need to incorporate as Code of Ethics in all Companies and LLPs, which are registered in India MCA shall need emphasize the code of Ethics in all registered firms, so that the Code of Ethics plays a critical role in organization Risk Management and retention of best practise in Corporates.

The author can also be reached at Ksures55@yahoo.co.in


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Category Professional Resource, Other Articles by - Suresh Kumar 



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