Ethical considerations for health, social work and social care organisations

Organisations involved in health and social care as providers, employers, trainers, educators, researchers and/or user-led organisations have an ethical duty to provide an organisational context that enables social workers to develop their digital capabilities. The capabilities, as outlined in the Digital Capabilities Statement include maintaining privacy and confidentiality; eliminating biases in systems and processes; and promoting the involvement of people who use services in systems design and management.

It is recognised that for social workers to fulfil their ethical principles these organisations have corresponding ethical duties. There are existing codes and guidance for statutory health and social care organisations and the third sector, including:

What should organisations do?