Professional ethics are at the core of social work practice. The NASW Code of Ethics offers a set of values, principles and standards to guide decision-making and everyday professional conduct of social workers. It is relevant to all social workers and social work students regardless of their specific functions or settings. The NASW Code of Ethics is best described as a “living” document. With an ever-changing world serving as the context, new social developments and issues have warranted several revisions of the Code.

The Code was last revised in 2008 and is currently used by most social work licensing boards. View the Code of Ethics by following this link.

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