(a)  Social workers shall practice only within their sphere of competence.  They shall accurately represent their abilities, education, training, credentials, and experience.  They shall engage in continuing professional education to maintain and enhance their competence.

(b)  As employees of institutions or agencies, social workers are responsible for remaining alert to and attempting to moderate institutional pressures or policies that conflict with the standards of their profession.  If such conflict arises, social workers' responsibility shall be to uphold the ethical standards of their profession.

(c)  Social workers shall not practice, facilitate or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status, or national origin.

(d)  Social workers shall practice their profession in compliance with legal standards.

(e)  Social workers shall not engage in settlement agreements that preclude reporting of ethical misconduct to the Board.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90B-6; 90B-11;

Eff. March 1, 1994;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2001;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 19, 2015.