Why have 'Human Rights' been removed from the CORU Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics

Why have 'Human Rights' been removed from the CORU Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics

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The following letter will be sent to the CEO/ Registrar of CORU, Ginny Hanrahan. Please sign the petition if you agree with and would like to undersign the following letter. 

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Dear Ms. Hanrahan,

The Social Work Registration Board have, in the most recent 2019 version of the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Social Workers, removed the phrase 'human rights'. We are writing this letter in search for a rationale as to why the decision to remove ‘human rights’ from the Code was taken.

The International School for Social Work has highlighted that social work's primary mandate is to promote human rights and social justice. This view is reiterated by the International Federation of Social Workers, which states within its 2014 definition of social work that: "Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work".

The centrality of human rights to the social work profession is recognised within other national contexts. In Britain, the Professional Association for Social Work and Social Workers Code of Ethics features human rights a total of ten times. Similarly, the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics refers to human rights thirteen times. Finally, and most importantly, the phrase 'human rights' was mentioned six times in the 2011 version of the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Social Workers, highlighting the recognition of its fundamental nature to the profession of social work. What has changed since 2011?  

As practicing social workers, social work students and educators, we consider the inclusion of human rights as essential within the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Social Workers. Core social work values are predicated upon the idea of human rights and the acknowledgement of such for those supported and assisted through social work intervention.

We fail to understand why the explicit decision to remove human rights from the most recent 2019 version of the Code was taken. We are, therefore, seeking clarification on why this has occurred? If you cannot provide us with clarification on this issue, then we strongly urge the Social Work Registration Board to revise the Code and reinstate 'human rights' therein.

Yours Sincerely,

 

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