As social workers, we promise to follow a specific code of ethics and values which exist to inform our everyday professional conduct. While these principles may seem obvious to some, they are hard to live by if they are not a part of your everyday consciousness. Before continuing, and by means of clarification, I truly believe most social workers do their best to live by these standards every day.
One of the priniples states that social workers should practice cultural competency. The NASW states that “Social Workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability.”