Ethical Principle: Social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.

Criteria: Does your government elevate service to others above self-interest, to address social problems?

importance to human relationships

Ethical Principle: Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships.

Criteria: Does your government value the presence of social workers across government to strengthen relationships among people as an important vehicle for social, racial, and environmental change?

Social justice

Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice.

Criteria: Does your government pursue social, racial, and environmental change by  promoting sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity, so that no one is excluded from access to meet their basic needs (shelter, food, financial, health and public safety, and social capital)?


Ethical Principle: Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner.

Criteria: Does your government act honestly and responsibly and promote ethical practices in all aspect of financial, management, program and policy design and implementation?

Dignity and worth of the person

Ethical Principle: Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.

Criteria:  Does your government enhance people’s capacity and opportunity to change and to address their own needs by focusing on the rehabilitation, accountability, and engagement in the community at large?


Ethical Principle: Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.

Criteria: Does your government strive to increase their professional knowledge of social progress and skills and to apply them in practice across all aspect of government?