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Private professions in the main are concerned with the private good of individual clients. Reisch and Lowe (2000, p. 24) contend that NASW’s ethical code assumes that the ethical issues it addresses, especially in its standards 1 and 2, arise primarily within the context of a clinical relationship and the administrative and supervisory environment of that relationship. They claim that social work’s code of ethics does not provide sufficient ethical guidance to community practice and that the social work 26 Community Practice: An Introduction literature gives little attention to the ethics of community practice.
The attention is more toward the character of the people than with rules of behavior. Clifford and Burke (2009, p. ” The difficulty with the conception of virtue ethics is that it is something of a tautology: it contends that a virtuous actor’s behavior is virtuous as the actor’s character is virtuous. The behavior or actions of a virtuous actor cannot be otherwise than virtuous. ” But is a virtuous actor virtuous regardless of his or her actions and behavior, as courage, honesty, integrity, helpfulness, and the other virtuous traits are only manifested in behavior or actions?
Can promise that he will indeed do good for his client. All he can do is try. But he can promise he will not knowingly do harm. And the client, in turn, must be able to trust the professional not knowingly to do him harm. Otherwise he cannot trust him at all. And primum non nocere, “not knowingly to do harm,” is the basic rule of professional ethics, the basic rule of ethics of public responsibility. (pp. 366–369) The client has the right to expect that the professional will make an effort to know.