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Updated to include the latest codes of ethics, such as the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (2008). The bibliography has been expanded and updated.

Updated on 3 September 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 15 October 2018

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Social work values and ethics provide the foundation for social work practice around the world. Almost all countries where social work is a recognized profession have a Code of Ethics. Although there are many similarities among Codes of Ethics in different countries, cultural and societal differences have influenced their content and focus. The extent to which Codes of Ethics have a direct effect on social work practice has been debated. While Codes of Ethics reflect societal and national differences, what is universal and fundamental to social work practice from a human rights perspective should prevail.

Keywords: social work ethics, international ethics, social work values, comparative ethics, human rights

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