Code of Ethics Analysis
University of Phoenix
A case worker from the local Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division is talking to another case worker about a client she is currently working with, plus she is discussing details about the clients’ case. She is violating the clients’ right to privacy and confidentiality because the other case worker is not involved in any way with the client or the case. This is a blatant disregard to the NASW Code of Ethics, Ethical Standards 1.07 privacy and Confidentiality, as well as 2.11 Unethical Conduct of Colleagues. (NASW, 1996). The Code is clear about the social workers’ responsibility to safeguard the clients’ personal information. Once private information is shared, standard of confidentiality apply. This is an adequate guide for the Department of Human Services to use within this particular agency. The case worker in this dilemma did not have valid consent from the client, nor was the situation one that required the disclosure of information about the client necessary for safety. The colleague should not have encouraged further discussion about the client, knowing the conduct was unethical. The colleague should have reminded the case worker about the Social Workers Ethical Responsibilities to Clients, specifically, Privacy and Confidentiality. If that failed to stop the case worker from her unethical act, then the colleague should review policy and procedures of the agency, speak to knowledgeable colleagues or supervisors, or contact a regulatory body. 1.07 Privacy and Confidentiality, section (c) states, social workers should protect the confidentiality of all information obtained in the course of professional service, except for compelling professional reasons. (NASW, 1996). The Code guides conduct to ensure the rights of the client are respected while considering the safety of all parties involved. This particular issue probably does not happen often because of the...