Applying Values and Ethics to Practice
Social work is a value-laden profession. While social workers may not agree about all values, the importance of professional values is central to the practice of social work.
Values are best defi ned as beliefs, while ethics are the rules of conduct that embody those beliefs. This chapter focuses on the way that social work values shape professional ethics; specifi cally, ethical codes and their application to practice; the relationship between ethics and the law; and the ways social workers manage ethical confl icts and dilemmas.