The Kentucky Code of Ethical Conduct for Social Workers is written into state law 201 KAR 23:080. The Kentucky Board of Social Work (KBS) has provided an unofficial law and regulations reference booklet which includes the KY Code of Ethical Conduct and is available on their website. A continuing education course on Kentucky’s Code of Ethical Conduct is required by the KBS to renew your license (not the NASW code of ethics–see below).
The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers. This Code includes four sections. The first Section, “Preamble,” summarizes the social work profession’s mission and core values. The second section, “Purpose of the NASW Code of Ethics,” provides an overview of the Code‘s main functions and a brief guide for dealing with ethical issues or dilemmas in social work practice. The third section, “Ethical Principles,” presents broad ethical principles, based on social work’s core values, that inform social work practice. The final section, “Ethical Standards,” includes specific ethical standards to guide social workers’ conduct and to provide a basis for adjudication.