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date: 25 February 2024

Rights-Based Framework and Social Worklocked

Rights-Based Framework and Social Worklocked

  • David AndroffDavid AndroffArizona State University - School of Social Work 411 N. Central Ave, Ste. 800 Mail Code 3920 Phoenix Arizona 85004 United States


The past few years have seen a surge in efforts to incorporate rights-based approaches in social work practice. This rise has been spearheaded by a growing awareness that human rights can reduce or eradicate poverty and injustice while advancing human dignity and social welfare. Professional Codes of Ethics around the world maintain social workers’ responsibilities to uphold human rights. However, few rights-based approaches to social work practice have been developed. This encyclopedia entry introduces the concept of rights-based approaches, presents new models of rights-based social work, reviews the rights-based principles for social work practice of human dignity, nondiscrimination, participation, transparency, and accountability, and discusses how this framework can be applied to various practice settings and populations.


  • Ethics and Values
  • International and Global Issues
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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