Ethical Issues In Social Work

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Youth homelessness is a prevailing social issue among the world. Bassuk (2010) detailed how approximately 1.5 million youth experience homelessness in America each year. The current economic recession and staggering numbers of housing foreclosures have caused the numbers of homelessness to increase dramatically. For my field education placement learning I am a resource specialist at the Covenant House of Michigan. The Covenant House is one of many homeless youth shelters in the United States. The Covenant House serves homeless youth in the Metro Detroit area within the ages of 18-24 who need to obtain immediate shelter, clothing and food. The only requirement to be able to reside in the shelter is meeting the criteria of the age requirement. There are two housing facilities on…show more content…
The ethical issues that are presented in this case are in contradiction of the primary values of the Social Work profession, one in which is the ethical value on Social Justice. The bias and gender discrimination exemplified by the staff and the residents indicate the lack of integrity and social justice within the agency. According to the N.A.S.W. National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (2008) Social workers challenge social injustice. Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers’ social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all

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