Eye on Ethics: Social Workers' Duty to Protect and Warn: Evolving Standards

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School of Social Work


Recent developments related to social workers’ duty-to-protect obligations are yet another reminder that ethical standards are not carved in stone. They evolve over time, often in response to broader cultural developments. The overarching lesson here is that it behooves social workers to pay close attention to evolving ethical standards in the profession and adjust their policies, practices, and protocols accordingly.