Code of Ethics

As both a registered social worker and a certified caregiver consultant we are governed by the Social Work Code of Ethics and the Pledge to ensure the quality of services provided are professional and accountable. The Core Social Work Values and Principles according to the Canadian Association of Social Worker (CASW) Code of Ethics (© 2005) state that Social Worker uphold the following core social work values:

  • Value 1: Respect for Inherent Dignity and Worth of Persons
  • Value 2: Pursuit of Social Justice
  • Value 3: Service to Humanity
  • Value 4: Integrity of Professional Practice
  • Value 5: Confidentiality in Professional Practice
  • Value 6: Competence in Professional Practice

BCCSW Code of Ethics

1. A social worker shall maintain the best interest of the client as the primary professional obligation.
2. A social worker shall respect the intrinsic worth of the persons served in professional relationships with them.
3. A social worker shall carry out professional duties and obligations with integrity and objectivity.
4. A social worker shall have and maintain competence in the provision of social work services to a client.
5. A social worker shall not exploit the relationship with a client for personal benefit, gain or gratification.
6. A social worker shall protect the confidentiality of all professionally acquired information by disclosing such information only when required or allowed by law to do so or when clients have consented to disclosure.
7. A social worker who engages in another profession, occupation, affiliation or calling shall not allow these outside interests to affect the social work relationship with the client, professional judgment, independence and/or competence.
8. A social worker shall not provide social work services or otherwise behave in a manner that discredits the profession of social work or diminishes the public’s trust in the profession.
9. A social worker shall promote service, program, and/or agency practices and policies that are consistent with this Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice of the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
10. A social worker shall promote excellence in the profession.
11. A social worker shall advocate change in the best interest of the client and for the overall benefit of society.