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Code of Ethics of field Practice

Social Workers’ Ethical Responsibilities to Clients

Commitment to Clients
Social workers’ primary responsibility is to promote the well-being of clients. In general, clients’ interests are primary.

Self-Determination
Social workers respect and promote the right of clients to self-determination and assist clients in their efforts to identify and Social workers’ primary responsibility is to promote the well-being of clients.

Informed Consent
Social workers should provide services to clients only in the context of a professional relationship based, when appropriate, on valid informed consent. Social workers should use clear and understandable language to inform clients of the purpose of the services.

Cultural Competence and Social Diversity
Social workers should understand culture and its function in human behavior and society, recognizing the strengths that exist in all cultures.

Conflicts of Interest
Social workers should be alert to and avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with the exercise of professional discretion and impartial judgment. Social workers should inform clients when real or potential conflict of interest arises and take reasonable steps to resolve the issue.

Privacy and Confidentiality
Social workers should respect clients’ right to privacy. Social workers should not solicit private information from clients unless it is essential to providing services or conducting social work evaluation or research.

Access to Records
Social workers should provide clients with reasonable access to records concerning the clients. Social workers who are concerned that clients’ access to their records could cause serious misunderstanding or harm to the client should provide assistance in interpreting the records and consultation with the client regarding the records.

Termination of Services
Social workers should terminate services to clients and professional relationships with them when such services and relationships are no longer required or no longer serve the clients’ needs or interests.