Ethical Issues in Social Work

  • Sarah Banks
Part of the Practical Social Work book series (PSWS)


There is general agreement amongst social work practitioners and academics that questions of ethics, morals and values are an inevitable part of social work. The majority of social workers, when asked, have no difficulty in offering examples of ethical problems and dilemmas. The literature of social work is also very clear: ‘Moral issues haunt social work’, says Jordan (1990, p. 1); according to Pinker ‘social work is, essentially, a moral enterprise’ (Pinker 1990, p. 14); and the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW) states: ‘Competence in social work requires the understanding and integration of the values of social work’ (CCETSW 1989, p. 15).


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© British Association of Social Workers 1995

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  • Sarah Banks

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