Social Work Code of Conduct
§781.401 (a) A social worker must observe and comply with the code of conduct and standards of
practice set forth in this subchapter. Any violation of the code of conduct or standards of practice
will constitute unethical conduct or conduct that discredits or tends to discredit the profession of
social work and is grounds for disciplinary action.
(1) A social worker shall not refuse to do or refuse to perform any act or service for
which the person is licensed solely on the basis of a client's age, gender, race, color, religion,
national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
(2) A social worker shall truthfully report or present her or his services, professional
credentials and qualifications to clients or potential clients.
(3) A social worker shall only offer those services that are within his or her professional
(4) A social worker shall strive to maintain and improve her or his professional
knowledge, skills and abilities.
(5) A social worker shall base all services on an assessment, evaluation or diagnosis of
(6) A social worker shall provide the client with a clear description of services, schedules,
fees and billing at the initiation of services.
(7) A social worker shall safeguard the client's rights to confidentiality within the limits
of the law.
(8) A social worker shall be responsible for setting and maintaining professional
(9) A social worker shall not have sexual contact with a client or a person who has been a
(10) A social worker shall refrain from providing service while impaired due to the social
worker's physical or mental health or the use of medication, drugs or alcohol.
(11) A social worker shall not exploit his or her position of trust with a client or former
(12) A social worker shall evaluate a client's progress on a continuing basis to guide
service delivery and will make use of supervision and consultation as indicated by the client's
(13) A social worker shall refer a client for those services that the social worker is unable
to meet and terminate service to a client when continued service is no longer in the client's best