Guidelines for Ethical Practice in Community Organization
Author: Donna Hardina
Source: Social Work, Volume 49, Number 4, October 2004 , pp. 595-604(10)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Community organizers often encounter ethical dilemmas in practice. Most organizers engage on a regular basis with community residents, constituency groups, local institutions, and government decision makers. Consequently, most practice activities occur outside traditional agency settings and are not directly addressed in the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Although community practice principles such as self-determination, informed consent, and protection of confidentiality are identified in the Code, situational factors make their application different than in direct practice. This article identifies the values inherent in community practice, describes ethical issues encountered by organizers, and examines tools available to organizers for resolving common ethical dilemmas.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2004-10-01
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