Global Ethical Principles and Dilemmas

Elaine Congress

in Handbook of International Social Work

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780195333619
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918195 | DOI:
Global Ethical Principles and Dilemmas

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From the beginning, social work has been a value-based profession. Although there has been general consensus about broad principles of social justice, there also has been much debate about what is universal and thus should apply to social workers around the world and what is culturally specific. In a globalized world in which social workers and their clients are increasingly transnational, the quest for global ethical principles is of increasing importance. Yet the tension between the desire for universal ethical principles for all social workers and the recognition of cultural and national differences is not easily resolved. This chapter presents this issue in four parts—the history and literature on global ethics; a review of the current Ethics in Social Work: Statement of Principles; a discussion of issues and dilemmas that have arisen in the creation and implementation of a statement of ethical principles for all social workers; and a discussion about the future of global ethics.

Keywords: social work practice; social justice; social workers; global ethics

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