The Role Of Discrimination In Social Work

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Social worker’s must be able to act ethically when working with any client. In cases such as Bruff’s, from the National Association of Social Workers Code of Conduct regarding discrimination in standard 4.02 it states: Social workers should not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical disability (Code of Ethics (English and Spanish) - National Association of Social Workers, 2008). This demonstrates that there should never be discrimination when it comes to one’s personal religious beliefs. These beliefs should, therefore, be kept personal and not allowed to intervene with any client’s personal beliefs. Our responsibility as social workers is to help the client with no personal bias.…show more content…
40). In the case with Bruff, she knew that she had to abide by the code of conduct to not discriminate against a client regardless of her own personal beliefs. Since the North Mississippi Medical Center allowed for Bruff to either transfer or apply to other positions, which she either declined to do or failed to meet basic qualifications she was ultimately terminated. Due to her stating that she could not counsel a client if they were homosexual as it went against her personal religious beliefs meant she could not be unbiased and should be held liable for any emotional harm she caused the client. Part of being a social worker is pushing aside one’s own beliefs to help the client, something Bruff was unable to
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