Eyeon Ethics: Parents' Access to Minors' Counseling Records: An Example of Evolving Standards
Department (Manual Entry)
School of Social Work
Social workers encounter ethical challenges when parents ask to examine their child's records because of their curiosity or because of their relevance to legal disputes (e.g., when one parent believes that disclosing the contents of the therapy record may strengthen his case in a bitter child custody dispute). A series of court decisions demonstrate how legal standards have changed, which has a direct bearing on social workers' management of this challenging ethical issue.
Reamer, Frederic G., "Eye on Ethics: Parents' Access to Minors' Counseling Records: An Example of Evolving Standards," Social Work Today, August, 2015, available at http://www.socialworktoday.com/news/eoe_082415.shtml