The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers. The Code summarizes the social work profession's mission and core values; presents broad ethical principles based on the profession's core values; offers specific ethical standards to guide social work conduct and provide a basis for adjudication.
NASW standards set specific guidelines for practice in a variety of settings. They guide clinical social work practice, inform consumers, and help maintain and improve the quality of services provided.
The Office of Ethics and Professional Review provides individual ethics consultations as a benefit of NASW membership. Ethic consultations are a resource for members who encounter ethical dilemmas and/or have ethics related questions.
NASW's adjudication program strengthens professional practices by providing an opportunity for systematic review of social worker conduct and agency personnel practices. If you have concern that a social worker member of NASW is in violation of the NASW Code of Ethics, one of your options is to file a complaint with NASW. Contact the Chapter office at 907-332-6279 or 1-800-478-6279 for information.
Risk management advice is provided to assist social workers responding to circumstances of actual or alleged malpractice at 1-800-421-6694. This hotline service is available to NASW members with a malpractice insurance policy through the NASW Assurance Services.
The Office of Ethics and Professional Review provides resources for members, including ethics training, consultation hours and Ethical Standard of the Month.
The NASW General Counsel Law Notes series provides
information to social workers about legal topics of
concern to the social work profession.