Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.

Social Work Values, Ethics and Professional Regulation

Social work values, ethics and professional regulation
RichardHugman and WendyBowles

Introduction: Ethics and Professionalisation in Social Work

In this chapter, we first examine the international statement on social work ethics (IFSW/IASSW, 2004) that forms a common frame of reference for all the countries in which professional social work is recognised. From there we explore some of the questions that are posed by cultural and social differences between countries. Recent debates have raised the question of whether social work can be said to have an internationally common set of values and ethical principles, so this aspect must be addressed. Then, finally, we describe some of the main features of some selected examples of different regulatory systems in order to see how ethics ...

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