"Since the first social work class offered in the summer of 1898 at Columbia University, social workers have led the way developing private and charitable organizations to serve people in need. Social Workers continue to address the needs of society and bring our nation's social problems to the public's attention."
National Association of Social Workers. (2020). Social Work History. https://www.socialworkers.org/News/Facts/Social-Work-History
From the NASW Code of Ethics (2017),
Core Values: Service, Social Justice, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Human Relationships, Integrity and Competence.
Ethical Principles: must help people address social problems, challenge social injustice, promote respect for the inherent dignity and worth of the person, recognize the centrality of human relations, behave in a trustworthy manner, practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.
National Association of Social Workers. (2017). Code of Ethics: Ethical Principles. https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English#:~:text=The%20following%20broad%20ethical%20principles,all%20social%20workers%20should%20aspire.