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Section 1.11.03: NASW Social Worker's Code of Ethics for Professional Conduct

Social work students are expected to conduct themselves in all aspects of their school activities in a manner consistent with the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Work (NASW). Students who do not adhere to the Code of Ethics may be asked to attend a student success meeting and/or an a meeting of the Academic Concerns Committee.

NASW Code of Ethics Overview
Approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the 2021 NASW Delegate Assembly.

The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide to the professional conduct of social workers. This code includes four sections. The first section, "Preamble," summarizes the social work profession's mission and core values. The second section, "Purpose of the NASW Code of Ethics," provides an overview of the code's main functions and a brief guide for dealing with ethical issues or dilemmas in social work practice. The third section, "Ethical Principles," presents broad ethical principles, based on social work's core values, that inform social work practice. The final section, "Ethical Standards," includes specific ethical standards to guide social workers' conduct and to provide a basis for adjudication.

A student who believes a social work member of NASW is in violation of this code of ethics can file a complaint with NASW. See instructions at

View the NASW Code of Ethics by visiting

See also NASW practice standards and guidelines at

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