The Environment: a private concern or a professional practice issue for Australian social workers?

Jennifer McKinnon

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Abstract

The most recent version of the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics includes substantial reference to social workers' professional responsibilities for environmental awareness and advocacy. This article reports on a qualitative study of 20 Australian environmentally-conscious social workers from a variety of fields of practice. The study found that while there was a high level of awareness of the relevance of environmental issues for social work practice, participants reported professional and organisational constraints, which prevented them from aligning their environmental concerns with their professional practice. The findings from this study suggest that proenvironmental views and actions may not yet be accepted as a legitimate aspect of social work practice, despite strong recognition of the links between social justice, human rights, social work, and the environment in the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-170
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Social Work
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

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