Ethics

The NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) provides ethics and professional review education and training, administers the professional review process, offers ethics consultation to members, and provides information about members who have been sanctioned through the NASW professional review process. 

The OEPR is part of the NASW national office. The staff coordinates with and provides administrative support for the National Ethics Committee and chapter ethics committees.

Code of Ethics

In August 2017, the NASW Delegate Assembly approved the most substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics since 1996. The revisions to the Code focus largely on the use of technology and the implications for ethical practice. The new version of the NASW Code of Ethics went into effect January 1, 2018. Ongoing training and technical assistance opportunities will be made available through the Office of Ethics and Professional Review and the NASW website.

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.


Take the Official NASW National Training on the Revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics

The recently revised NASW Code of Ethics went into effect on January 1, 2018. The 2017 revisions to the Code focus largely on the use of technology and the implications of technology for ethical practice. Nineteen sections of the Code were affected. Make sure you know how these significant changes impact the profession and your practice:

Ethics Education and Resources

NASW develops and provides ethics training to our chapters free of charge. Training topics have included malpractice risk, ethical decision-making, addressing conflicts, social media, and more.

Professional Review

Professional Review is a collaborative process between chapters and the national office to provide a peer review of alleged unethical conduct of its members.

The process is designed to correct and improve the practice of individual social workers as needed. The actions of the process are intended to be constructive and educative rather than punitive. Only in cases of serious misconduct may penalties be imposed.


NASW Social Work Talks podcast

On episode 4 of NASW Social Work Talks podcast, Dawn Hobdy, NASW's Director of Ethics & Professional Review, speaks about how the Code of Ethics changed, and how NASW is helping social workers meet the ethical challenges they face every day.

Listen to Episode 4