Ethics and Racial Equity in Social Welfare Policy: Social Work’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Social Work in Public Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly overwhelming for communities of color in the United States. In addition to the higher levels of underlying health conditions, circumstances related to a history of oppression and unequal access to opportunities and services are apparent. Social service programs will need to be re-developed to accommodate a new reality, both in terms of how people connect with services and how social work professionals provide them. Professional social work organizations’ codes of ethics are analyzed, along with the theoretical framework of structural competency. It is an ethical imperative that social welfare policy and practice advance as culturally competent, racial equity, and empowerment-based programs. Child welfare is portrayed as an example where the pandemic could provide an opportunity to learn from the past to construct a more compassionate, competent, and ethical future.
Wilson, Dana Burdnell; Solomon, Terry A.; and McLane-Davison, Denise, "Ethics and Racial Equity in Social Welfare Policy: Social Work’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic" (2020). School of Social Work. 11.