Eye on Ethics: Boundaries among Colleagues
Department (Manual Entry)
School of Social Work
Some issues involving dual relationships among colleagues are resolved more easily than others. For example, there is virtual consensus in the profession that social work field instructors should not provide professional services to the students they supervise; social work administrators should not date subordinates for whom they have administrative responsibility; and educators should not become romantically involved with their students. At all costs, social workers must avoid potentially exploitative and harmful conflicts of interest.
Reamer, Frederic G., “Eye on Ethics: Boundaries among Colleagues,” Social Work Today, vol. 7 (4), 2007, pp. 9-11.