Social work ethics and values within the context of South African social work education and practice

Authored by: Sue Cook

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138343931
eBook ISBN: 9780429438813
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429438813-11

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Abstract

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW, https://www.ifsw.org/what-is-social-work/global-definition-of-social-work/) provides a global definition of social work that implies a unified profession aimed at the promotion of social change, empowerment, and liberation, based on principles of social justice. Social work, in reality, is taught and practiced in countries characterized by diverse historical, political, economic, and cultural landscapes, shaped by the context of the country, impacted by historical influences such as colonialism, and, in South Africa, the apartheid system.

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