Eye on Ethics: The Dark Side of Social Work - Ethical Misconduct

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School of Social Work


Social work is a uniquely noble pursuit that clearly attracts extraordinarily compassionate, earnest, and principled practitioners. The unfortunate reality, shared by all professions, that some social workers—thankfully a very small minority—engage in profoundly unethical conduct should not detract from what we know to be true: that the overwhelming majority of social workers give meaning to the word integrity. A critical element of that integrity is a willingness and determination to confront and prevent unethical conduct in our ranks.