Is social work really greening? Exploring the place of sustainability and environment in social work codes of ethics

Bowles, Wendy, Boetto, Heather, Jones, Peter, and McKinnon, Jennifer (2017) Is social work really greening? Exploring the place of sustainability and environment in social work codes of ethics. International Social Work. pp. 1-15. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article examines the extent to which issues of environmental sustainability are represented in three national social work codes of ethics – the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. These national codes are discussed and implications for social work are analysed with a view to strengthening the profession's position regarding environmental sustainability. Findings suggest that national codes do not include concern for environmental sustainability as a core professional concern. The authors make recommendations for developing ethical practice and further argue that the international professional body of social work, the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), should take a fundamental leadership role in advocating for environmental sustainability.

Item ID: 44857
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: codes of ethics, eco-social work, environment, natural environment, social work ethics, sustainability
ISSN: 1461-7234
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 05:00
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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