Developing professional relationships
Social workers should build and sustain professional relationships based on people’s right to control their own lives and make their own choices and decisions. Social work should be based on people’s rights to respect, privacy, reliability and confidentiality. Social workers should communicate effectively and work in partnership with individuals, families, groups, communities, and other agencies. They should value and respect the contribution of colleagues from other disciplines
Assessing and managing risk
Social workers should recognise that people using social work services have the right to take risks and should enable them to identify and manage potential and actual risk , while seeking to ensure that their behaviour does not harm themselves or other people.
Acting with the informed consent of service users, unless required by law to protect that person or another from harm
Social workers should ascertain and respect, as far as possible, each individual’s preferences, wishes, and involvement in decision making, whether or not they or other persons have powers to make decisions on the persons behalf.
Social workers should give people the information they need to make informed choices
Using authority in accordance with human rights principles
Social workers should use the authority of their role in a responsible, accountable and respectful manner. They should exercise authority appropriately to safeguard people with whom they work and to ensure people have as much control over their lives as is consistent with the rights of others.
Social workers should provide and contribute to the development of positive policies, procedures and practices which are anti-oppressive and empowering. They should respect people’s beliefs, values, culture, goals, needs, preferences, relationships and affiliations. Social workers should recognise their own prejudices to ensure that services are offered and delivered in a culturally appropriate manner. They should challenge and seek to address any actions of colleagues who demonstrate negative or prejudice