Social Work Leaders in Health Care of Metro St. Louis is an organization that values excellence in leadership and education while working to promote standards and ethics of Social Work in healthcare. As leaders, we recognize that it is our responsibility and ethical call to action to stand against the senseless killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others. Now is a time to amplify the voices of our Black colleagues and clients and the voices of those who are oppressed and suffering injustice at the hands of systems that have long sought to silence them. As Social Workers, we are called by our own Code of Ethics to challenge social injustice and there is no greater injustice working in this country than systemic racism.
These are the principles that we have promised to uphold:
NASW Code of Ethics, Value: Social Justice, Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice. “Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people.”