NASW ethical standards

NASW ethical standards


Socialworkers play an important role in the society. Even when thegovernment provides essential services to its people, there arevarious issues that require the intervention of social workers.Social workers are trained on how to address and deal with variousissues in the society. In particular, social workers play an integralrole of advocating, brokering, case management, counseling,mediating, navigating and researching on various social problemsfacing different people in the society. The role of social workers isimportant in all societies and helps in dealing various socialproblems while following distant professional principles. This essayanalysis the role, ethics and principles that guide social workers intheir profession based on the sources provided. While most sourceselucidates on the roles, guiding ethics and principles of socialwork, some sources provides a less appealing perspective of socialworkers practice and guiding principles.

Analysisof sources on NASW Comparison and Contrast

Comparingthe NASW Standards website with other sources

TheNASW website discuses the various codes of ethics for social workersthat are intended to guide social workers in their everyday life andconduct. In particular, NASW codes of ethics helps social workers inmaking tough decisions when offering their social work services.These ethics include among others Respect for cultural competenceand social diversity- all social workers should have a greaterunderstanding and provide service to all regardless of race, age,ethnicity and gender. This principle is similar to Biestek principlesthat explain that each individual deserves dignity and worth.

Socialworkers should allow for others to express themselves and show signsof acceptance. Social workers should not discriminate others duringtheir practice. Social workers should prevent and fight againstdiscrimination, political domination against any group, race orclass. These aspects are similar to the acts exhibited by HarryHopkins and Ida. B. Wells in their work of advocating for socialjustice to the oppressed.

TheNASW website states that the mission of social workers should berooted on core values of promoting justice, service to others,dignity to others, know the importance of other beings, haveintegrity and practice competence. These aspects are evident inBiestek principles of individuality and practicing non-judgmental ordiscrimination. Information in NASW website states that socialworkers ‘ values should promote justice, service to others, dignityto others also correlates with social work principles explained inChapter three that states that social workers should advocate, brokerand fight for social justice.

Comparingthe Harry Hopkins video clip with other sources

TheHarry Hopkins clip touches on the great work of social welfareofficers in fighting and facilitating the achievement of interest forothers. The NASW, Chapter 3 and the Ida B. clip information relateswith the Harry Hopkins video clip that elaborates the great effortsapplied by harry Hopkins in fighting for workers relief and jobprograms for the needy during the great economic depression. Inparticular, Harry Hopkins efforts espoused the role, conduct andprinciples explained in other source as the NASW code of ethics andBiestek principlesof social workers especially on matters ofdignity and advocating for social justice. As a social worker,Hopkins served all people selflessly especially the sick, warveterans, the homeless and fought for direct relief for theunemployed.

Inthe same way Ida B. fought against discrimination and oppression,Hopkins was selfless in promoting solutions for alleviating thesocial and economic problem. These aspects are major pillars of asocial worker as espoused in NASW website, Chapter three and throughBiestek principles Hopkins said that he believed in promotingpersonal dignity through self respect. As a social worker, Hopkin wasinstrumental in fighting for the welfare of all people especially thedisadvantaged by influencing political action especially the reliefjobs during Roosevelt administration. In this way, Hopkins wasfighting for social justice and dignity worth of humans.

Comparingand contrasting The Ida B. Wells video with other sources

Theclip relates the great work done by Ida B. Wells in fighting forsocial justice, dignity and worth of all humans especially fightingagainst social discrimination on black race. The clip relates therole of a social worker in advocating and promoting social dignity asexplained by NASW website, Chapter 3 and the Biestekprinciples of social works. Ida wasinstrumental in fighting against racial violence. In particular, theclips espouses on how Ida relentless fought and voiced her concernover social discrimination, violence and fighting for the dignity ofblack people especially lynching of black men for alleged rapeincidences. These are core values of social workers as explained inNASW, Chapter 3 and Biestekprinciples on individuality, respect and the dignity of people.

Incontrast, the Ida B. clip does not espouse more on code of conduct bysocial workers especially by remaining neutral in political action.Although Ida was instrumental in fighting social justice, she tooksides with her clients and this is against the professionalism ofsocial workers.

ComparingChapter 3 with other sources

Chapter3 relates toBiestek’sPrinciples and NASW code of ethics on the role and practice of socialworkers. Chapter 3expounds on the general social work practice especially when dealingwith people and their environments. The chapter explains that socialworkers should ensure that all people get social justice, dignity andlive in good conditions. The chapter emphases that generalist socialworkers should have direct practice skills when dealing with theirclients. Social workers should understand and have diversity whenworking with all people based on their dignity, gender, race andethnicity. Social workers should have strength and ability to addresspeople’s problems.

Similarly,the NASW, Chapter 3 andBiestek’s Principles holds that socialworkers should acknowledge their clients problems, avoiddiscriminations. Furthermore, Chapter 3 relates to NASW andBiestek’s Principlesin that social workers should address all issues through evidencebased practice research. In this case, the chapter outlines theroles of social workers as advocators, brokers, case managers,counselors, mediators, navigators and researchers. These roles aresimilar to those outlined in NASW website and Biestek’sPrinciples.Lastly the chapter argues that social workers should engage, assess,plan, implement and evaluate. Similarly, the Harry Hopkins and Ida B.clips do not elaborate on social workers roles as planners,implementers and engagers.

Comparingand contrasting Biestek’s Principles of Casework Relationship

Accordingto Biestek,social workers should have purposeful expressions, control theiremotions, exhibit acceptance, have non-judgmental attitude, practiceconfidentiality and have a sense of self determination. These aspectsare similar to NASW ethics explained in the NASW website as well associal work ethics in Chapter three. Biestek principles explain thateach individual deserves dignity and worth and this is similar toHarry Hopkins and Ida. B work as shown in the clips. Social workersshould allow for others to express themselves and show signs ofacceptance. Social workers must express feeling to their clients,show acceptance despite the circumstance.

Inaddition, social workers should have a non-judgmental attitude andshould never assign blame or innocence on their clients theseaspects contrasts with Harry Hopkins and Ida B. works in that thetwo activists assigned blames to clients and the government. Lastly,social workers should exhibit self determination when dealing withpatients’ difficult time and this is evident in Harry Hopkins andIda B. advocacy on social justice for their clients. Maintaining theconfidentiality of the clients is important aspect for socialworkers. While Biestek’s Principles explores on social workers roleand guiding principles, it fails to exhaustively explain the roles ofsocial workers.


Theanalysis indicates that all the sources cover various roles andguiding principles in social work profession. All social acknowledgethat social workers are advocators, brokers, researchers, plannersand self determined professionals. However, some sources onlypresents limited information on the roles, code of conduct andpractice of social workers.


TheHarry Hopkins video clip:

TheIda B. Wells video:

TheNASW Standards website:

Chapter3: Generalist Social Work Practice. (PDF)

Biestek’sPrinciples of Casework Relationship (DOC)