CASW Code of Ethics

Although the official Code of Ethics for social workers in British Columbia is the BCASW/BCCSW Code of Ethics, the Code of Ethics developed by the Canadian Association of Social Workers is a valuable resource.

The Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics identifies core social work values and the principles which underline those values. The identified core values are:

Value 1: Respect for Inherent Dignity and Worth of Persons

Value 2: Pursuit of Social Justice

Value 3: Service to Humanity

Value 4: Integrity of Professional Practice

Value 5: Confidentiality in Professional Practice

Value 6: Competency in Professional Practice

Accompanying the CASW Code of Ethics are Guidelines for Ethical Practice which provide guidance on ethical practice by applying the values and principles in the Code to common areas of social work practice.

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