Eyeon Ethics: Omission and Comission in Social Work Ethics
Department (Manual Entry)
School of Social Work
Social workers who face ethical choices often think in terms of taking proactive steps, otherwise known as acts of commission. Acts of commission occur when individuals initiate some course of action. In contrast, in some instances social workers decide to not take proactive steps to resolve an ethical dilemma—acts of omission.
Reamer, Frederic G., "Eye on Ethics: Omission and Commission in Social Work Ethics," Social Work Today, February, 2015, available at http://www.socialworktoday.com/news/eoe_020615.shtm