Eye on Ethics: New NASW Code of Ethics Standards for the Digital Age

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School of Social Work


August 2017 marks yet another very significant date in social work history. The NASW Delegate Assembly formally approved significant updates to the profession's venerable Code of Ethics. The revisions focus explicitly on ethical challenges pertaining to social workers' and clients' increased use of technology. They reflect a broader shift in social work practice related to technology that has led to very recent and noteworthy changes in regulatory (licensing board) standards, practice standards, and ethical standards.