Ensuring Ethical Practice: An Examination of NASW Code Violations, 1986-97
Author: Strom-Gottfried K.
Source: Social Work, Volume 45, Number 3, May 2000 , pp. 251-261(11)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide for practice and as a statement of professional standards that the public may use to hold social workers accountable for their actions. At times, however, the Code's proscriptions may seem overly general, difficult to apply, or unrealistic in light of the challenges workers face daily. How then is the Code interpreted? What actions by social workers may result in findings of ethics violations? This article reviews earlier research on violations of the NASW Code and reports on a recent study reviewing allegations made against NASW members from 1986 to 1997. The article describes the frequency and types of behaviors that resulted in findings of ethical misconduct and offers suggestions for enhancing practice and reducing exposure to ethics complaints.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2000-05-01
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