The Principals & Ethics that Guide Social Work Practice
Social Workers in general help families, individuals, communities and society as a whole. They promote social justice whereby there is social, economic, political, and cultural equality for all people. They uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusiveness, democracy and concern for human welfare.
In Nova Scotia, in order to be a qualified Social Worker who is permitted to carry this title, they must be registered with the provincial regulating body. A Social Worker professional is someone who has completed a post-secondary degree in Social Work. Social Workers in Nova Scotia are guided by the Nova Scotia College’s of Social Work's Standards of Practice & the Code of Ethics.
Social Workers use social work knowledge, theory, skills, judgement and values in delivering various services which might include:
(a) intervention through direct contact with clients, including assessment, case management, client-centered advocacy, education, consultation, counselling, crisis intervention and referral;
(b) community development founded on the principles of social justice that focus on mobilizing individuals to employ their skills to effect community change by community capacity building and community- based participation research; and
(c) direct or indirect provision of administrative, educational, policy or research services including:
(i) the development and promotion of social policies focused on improving social conditions and promoting social justice,
(ii) the development, the provision and the administration of social-work services programs, and
(iii) the supervision of individuals providing social work services; and
(d) such other activities as may be prescribed by the regulations.
(taken from NSCSW- Social Work Standards of Practice)