Information on IFSW and COVID-19: Ethical Decision-Making in the Face of COVID-19

International Federation of Social Workers

The COVID 19 crisis is challenging social workers world-wide as they continue to carry out their professional roles. Even under situations of lock-down many professionals consider or are required to meet with clients in the community, in offices, or working in close proximity to clients in other types of settings such as schools and hospitals. In the context of a shortage of resources and in many places a lack of safety equipment, social workers are having to make difficult decisions about in-person contacts with their clients. This resource describes how the IFSW ethical principles can serve as a compass to guide social workers' deliberations.