A Code Of Ethics For Social Workers Essay

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All social workers can attest that at some point in their career they’ve had a situation that was an ethical dilemma. They work with people who are experiencing some very difficult and sensitive situations, and there are instances where issues arise that put social workers in a difficult position in regards to ethics. Whether it be from conflicting responsibilities of a social worker or an issue that lies in an ethical gray area. Fortunately, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has a code of ethics for social workers that lays out what is expected and required of a social worker when dealing with a variety of issues. Also, since social workers are considered covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), they are also held responsible for protecting their clients’ health information. When faced with an ethical dilemma, if a social worker chooses to not follow the standards laid out by the NASW and HIPAA then they could face professional, and potentially legal, disciplinary actions. As with any profession, social workers come from various backgrounds and they work with others who also come from various backgrounds. Regardless of where a social worker comes from or what college they attend, it is important that all social workers are professionally competent when they begin working with clients. With that in mind, the Council on Social Work Education drafted their educational standards which colleges must adhere to
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