A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession's focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society.
Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.
With growth in the use of communication technology in various aspects of social work practice, social workers need to be aware of the unique challenges that may arise in relation to the maintenance of confidentiality, informed consent, professional boundaries, professional competence, record keeping, and other ethical considerations.
In general, all ethical standards in this , “technology-assisted social work services” include any social work services that involve the use of computers, mobile or landline telephones, tablets, video technology, or other electronic or digital technologies; this includes the use of various electronic or digital platforms, such as the Internet, online social media, chat rooms, text messaging, e-mail, and emerging digital applications.
The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values.
These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession's history, are the foundation of social work's unique purpose and perspective: This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession.
Such processes are generally separate from legal or administrative procedures and insulated from legal review or proceedings to allow the profession to counsel and discipline its own members.It does not provide a set of rules that prescribe how social workers should act in all situations.Specific applications of the does not specify which values, principles, and standards are most important and ought to outweigh others in instances when they conflict.The following broad ethical principles are based on social work's core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.These principles set forth ideals to which all social workers should aspire.