Code of Ethics

Ethical behaviour is at the core of every profession. On the occasion of National Social Work Week 2005, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) adopted a new Code of Ethics and published Guidelines for Ethical Practice to serve as a companion document to the Code. At the Annual General Meeting of SASW, held on April 27, 2005, the membership adopted the The Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (2005)..

The Social Work Code of Ethics was last issued in 1994. In light of new developments and new forms of practice, it has now been revised following extensive consultation with key stakeholders and experts.

The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to set forth values and principles to guide social workersx professional conduct. While a code of ethics cannot guarantee ethical behaviour it guides social workers as they act in good faith and with a genuine desire to make sound decisions.

The Code of Ethics identifies core social work values, and the principles which underline those values. The identified core values are:

Value 1: Respect for Inherent Dignity and Worth of Persons
Value 2: Pursuit of Social Justice
Value 3: Service to Humanity
Value 4: Integrity of Professional Practice
Value 5: Confidentiality in Professional Practice
Value 6: Competence in Professional Practice

Accompanying the Code of Ethics is Guidelines for Ethical Practice which provides guidance on ethical practice by applying the values and principles in the Code to common areas of social work practice.

In Canada, each province and territory is responsible for regulating the professional conduct of social workers to ensure the protection of the public. The Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers adopted the CASW Code of Ethics (2005) in April, 2005 and is using it as a basis for evaluating professional conduct.

Electronic copies of the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Use are available to the public and SASW members by clicking on the links below. If you are not able to download these documents, please contact the SASW Office and a hard copy will be forwarded to you.