AASW Code of Ethics (), (The Code) provides the foundation for The flowchart below sets out the AASW’s key practice documents and. Organization: Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). American Association of Social Workers · AASW Code of Ethics. AASW Code of Ethics accepted at the Australian Association of Social Workers’. Annual General Meeting, Canberra, 19 November Second edition:

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We interviewed a small group of social workers in Melbourne and Sydney – practitioners we identified as coming from a progressive or critical perspective, for their views. Embracing diversity’, in eds. Our analysis is consistent with a developing critique of universalising approaches which has emerged following engagement with postmodern perspectives in social work HoweLeonard The AASW Code however, does not refer to the need for Indigenous Australians to shape the overall policies that govern their lives in accordance with their own cultural traditions and practices.

They acknowledge aasww historical disadvantage suffered by indigenous people and the implications of this for social work practice.

aaasw Rhodes advances concerns about the application of justice principles within the United States NASW Code of Ethics, arguing that there is not general agreement on such fundamental concepts. Comments from practitioners included: Townsville Community Legal Service has provided free, accessible and holistic legal services to residents of Townsville and surrounding communities for over twenty-five years.

This was similar to what academics and students told us in the course of our inquiry.


Professional associations based in Australia Social work organisations in Australia. Following on from direct references to Indigenous peoples, the revised Code leaps from the rights of Indigenous people to more general statements on cultural diversity, which can be seen as an endeavour to ‘universalise’ the particular.

One aaxw the practitioners we interviewed commented that social workers don’t see themselves sufficiently as change agents and this needs incorporating in the Code. Surrogacy and ethics in women with cancer.

The future of social work codes in the light of the postmodern project is uncertain and fraught. It was the concern that social work in the main continues to give credence to universal principles, which attracted us to a postmodern analysis of social work ethics.

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This means social work has to rise to the challenge of dealing with competing voices Flax and embracing an ethic which asserts a responsibility to those who have been reduced to objects and acted upon by those with knowledge Leonard In the Library Request this item to view in the Library’s reading rooms using your library card.

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Request this item to view in the Library’s reading rooms using your library card. Criticisms from the practitioners of the AASW Code included that it was not adequate in addressing issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, disability, age and class; the Code was seen as based on middle class and western notions and Anglo-Celtic institutions; and the Code had limited reflection of other world views and diversity of practice.


It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Questioning the relevance of social work codes of ethics strikes at the heart of professionalism and professional control. We want to reduce inequality through positive legal and social change, including by providing ehtics access to justice through our services.

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For example, the Standards of Practice incorporated in the Australian Code of Ethics includes a statement under the umbrella of commitment to social justice that:. Azsw paper takes the work a step further by applying our reflections to the situation of Indigenous people in Australia, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

This tension has been expanded by Williamsp. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. For Baumanalthough the postmodern perspective offers more wisdom, the postmodern setting makes acting on that wisdom more difficult.

Through the colonisation process Australia’s original inhabitants were systematically stripped of their culture, their land and their rights, and have been subjected to Eurocentric impositions by a variety of professions, including social work. Views Read Edit View history.

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