Social workers should promote the general welfare of society, from local to global levels, and the development of people, their communities, and their environments. Social workers should advocate for living conditions conducive to the fulfillment of basic human needs and should promote social, economic, political, and cultural values and institutions that are compatible with the realization of social justice (6.01). and Social workers should facilitate informed participation by the public in shaping social policies and institutions (6.02). Details about social and political action are detailed in section 6.04.
Click here to read the entire Code of Ethics. While the code offers a mighty charge that requires life-long learning and action. As Miller et al point out in their recent article, Social workers understand the importance of the social environment, the importance of social relationships, and the importance of values (Miller et al, A Social Work Approach to Policy: Implications for Population Health, AJPH, 2017,Supplement 3, 107:53.) Realizing this perspective and living into our best aspirations is essential. The Jordan Institute is aiming to better support and equip graduates, professionals and communities in pressing forward to address critical issues on racial equity and social justice.