1. A social worker shall maintain the best interest of the client as the primary
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
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.