Competence. This is important for social worker to understand the scope of each
core value in order to integrate it into professional value.
The value of service suggests that social workers give high priority to helping others. By valuing
service, social workers subjugate their personal desires in order to focus on the needs, interests, and
wishes of the people they serve. When a social worker says that she chose this profession because
helping others is meaningful work, she is expressing service as a value ( Barsky, 2010, pp. 40).
Thus, the primary job of social worker is to help people in need and address social problems.
Social justice refers to a world in which everyone is treated fairly. By valuing social justice, social
workers’ social change efforts are focused on issues of social injustices such as discrimination,
poverty, unemployment, oppression, lack of opportunity, and social exclusion. Thus, the social worker
strive to ensure access to relevant information, resources, services, equality of opportunity and
meaningful participation in decision making and can promote equality, respect, fairness, and
inclusion throughout their practice.
Dignity and Worth of the Person
Social workers value the dignity and worth of all individuals, meaning that everyone deserves
respect. Social workers treat each person in a caring and respecting individual differences
and cultural diversity and promoting client’s socially responsible self- determination. Honoring
client self-determination shows the utmost respect for the client’s strengths, dignity, and autonomy.
Social workers seek to enhance client’s capacity and opportunity to change and to address their own
Importance of Human Relationships
Social workers must understand the importance of human relationship as an important vehicle for
change. Social workers help clients by developing affirming relationships with them and engage
clients as partners in the helping processes. Developing a positive therapeutic relationship with
clients is a fundamental component of the helping process (Rogers, 1957 cited in Barsky, 2010).
Clients who feel valued and respected will be more open, confident, and willing to take the risks
that are involved in any change process
Integrity refers to the importance of honesty, reliability, and responsibility. Social workers are
aware of the profession’s mission, values, ethical principles and act honestly and responsibly and
being accountable for their action. The client should not be exploiting and should get confidence to
work with social workers in a positive environment. Thus integrity is vital to building trust.
Competence means having the knowledge, skills, and self-awareness required to perform social
work tasks in an effective manner. The specific skills and knowledge required to depend on the
specific tasks to be undertaken. Social workers should aspire to contribute to the knowledge base of
This module talks about the importance of understanding the values- personal as well as
professional values for social workers.
Such knowledge enables social workers to understand the
basic practice principles upon which social work is based and to act appropriately while working
with marginalized and vulnerable population.