At 150,000-plus members strong, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization for professional social workers worldwide. It serves as a governing body, support system, educational resource, and guide for its members in their professional career. One of the ways the NASW guides its members is through their distinguished Code of Ethics. It provides guidelines and standards for the successful social worker to live by, and these standards are generally accepted by social worker boards and governing bodies worldwide.
The NASW Code of Ethics was created and approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the 1999 NASW Delegate Assembly as changing times, technologies and policies required. The Code was meant to show social workers in the organization, as well as social workers around the world, how to conduct themselves professionally and ethically. Adherence to the Code of Ethics is a requirement to become a member of the NASW. The Code is available in two languages (English and Spanish) and is made up of four primary sections. (more…)