Code of Ethics

20220215 Revision for 2021

Here are the highlighted revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics

The NASW Code of Ethics are outlined here – NASW Code of Ethics

For me, The Code of Ethics is the foundation that informs my area of focus, responsibility, and decision points.

Primary Mission

To enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.

Core Values

  • service
  • social justice
  • dignity and worth of the person
  • importance of human relationships
  • integrity
  • competence.

Ethical Principles (based on Core Values)

  • Social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems. (Service)
  • Social workers challenge social injustice. (Social Justice)
  • Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person. (Dignity and Worth of the Person)
  • Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships. (Importance of Human Relationships)
  • Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner. (Integrity)
  • Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise. (Competence)