Last but not least
in the NASW Code of Ethics is section number six, "Social
Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society." These
are good items to review and remember, not just for the licensing
exam, but for staying connected to the core mission of social work.
The four items are simple--links go to details:
Social and Political Action
Here's 6.04, Social and Political Action, in its entirety:
(a) Social workers should engage in social and political action
that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the
resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to
meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers
should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice
and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to
improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and
promote social justice.
(b) Social workers should act to expand choice and opportunity
for all persons, with special regard for vulnerable, disadvantaged,
oppressed, and exploited persons and groups.
(c) Social workers should promote conditions that encourage
respect for cultural and social diversity within the United States
and globally. Social workers should promote policies and practices
that demonstrate respect for difference, support the expansion of
cultural knowledge and resources, advocate for programs and
institutions that demonstrate cultural competence, and promote
policies that safeguard the rights of and confirm equity and social
justice for all people.
(d) Social workers should act to prevent and eliminate
domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any
person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national
origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status,
political belief, religion, or mental or physical disability.
Don't be surprised to encounter items on the social work exam
addressing social and political action. When in doubt, remember the
call to action here: act, advocate, promote,
prevent. Social workers--on the exam and in
practice--are directed by the code to engage not just with
individual clients, but with the larger systems, especially in the
face of injustice.
For realistic exam practice
regarding social justice and lots more, get started with