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date: 29 November 2022

Professional Liability and Malpracticelocked

Professional Liability and Malpracticelocked

  • Yvonne ChaseYvonne ChaseDepartment of Human Services, University of Alaska–Anchorage

Summary

Malpractice claims against social workers are a reality. Although social workers are trained as students in the importance of adhering to the NASW Code of Ethics, the results of ethics and other practice violations are increasing liability and risk. Social workers have a strong commitment to clients, to communities, and to social justice, but attention to ways of reducing risk, including malpractice insurance and ethics audits, is critical to reducing the numbers of malpractice and ethics complaints against social workers and, ultimately, to enhancing the profession.

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  • Social Work Profession

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