The paper examines some of the ethical questions inherent in social work. Its focus is on three main questions: 1. why should one abide moral norms i.e. what urges one to act within the limits of a certain morality? 2. How are the sources and forms of the good to be distributed? 3. Which acts are considered to be valuable, good and desirable? It is the author's conviction that contrary to other professions, in social work, which is engaged with the excluded, discriminated, and marginalized, defining its objectives as well as their accomplishment are closely related to moral and political values.