Ethics in Social Work practice

The core of our professional practice are Social Work values and ethics.  Whichever theoretical perspective underpins our practice we must continually be mindful of the Code of Ethics that applies to our jurisdiction; because it also guides us in how we practice.  Here is the link to the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

Know where you are at in practice

Knowing what theory you are in is the key to effective practice.  In complex practice it can sometimes be hard to name the theory base you are drawing on right now; this is where being able to critically reflect helps.  By knowing what theory you are in you help your client by providing the best intervention and you help yourself by having a strong framework for practice.

CBT resource

Social Workers may find my previous blog written for clients helpful as a practice and/or therapeutic resource.  It is written from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic perspective with critical, empowerment and advocacy ideas mixed in.

Social Work Values

The AASW Code of Ethics lists the three core Social Work values, Respect for Persons, Social Justice and Professional Integrity.  It is important to keep these crucial values for practice in mind as we go about our work.


Empowerment Praxis offers online supervision for clinical and general Social Workers from a Critical Reflective stance. Details can be found on the Resources Page


For me Social Work is about empowering service users using current theoretical (theory) and empirical (observed) knowledge.  This blog is dedicated to that task.  I will bring you relevant information and links to resources which I hope you will find helpful.  Social Work practice is never easy or straight forward but I have found it constantly rewarding.  Even though I have sometimes been the only Social Worker within an agency  by looking to the resources within the Social Work profession I have not felt alone.  In this way I have empowered myself within my practice.