Final Year Social Work Students Take Oath
Final year Social Work students in the School of Applied Human Sciences recently took part in an oath taking ceremony in which they made a solemn declaration before their peers and lecturers to honour the social work profession and always adhere to the ethical code of the profession as contained in the Social Service Professions Act.
Speaking at the ceremony, attorney Ms Phumla Mbuqe, who specialises in the social work field, explored the various challenges faced by social workers and also focused on the conduct and ethics of social work such as confidentiality and dress code. ‘It is important as a social worker to safeguard information and documents as well as to respect client confidentiality.’
Social Work Academic Leader, Dr Tanusha Raniga, addressed students on the requirements and expectations of social work, reminding them that ethical awareness and ethical practice was a fundamental part of a social worker’s professional life.
Social work manager at King Edward Hospital, Mr Bheki Zondi spoke about the experiences and challenges he encountered as a social worker. He told the students that social work is ‘a profession, a science and an art’.
Zondi encouraged the students to be highly ethical in all their dealings.
Dean and Head of School, Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize, encouraged students to further their studies up to master’s and doctorate levels.
‘Do not stop here. Go to the community, find out what the challenges are, define the research agenda in terms of the issues and come back to complete your master’s and PhD at UKZN,’ he said.
On behalf of all students, Mr Mduduzi Mahlaba thanked the speakers for their words of encouragement.