The Code of Conduct covers the minimum professional standards of behaviour, integrity and conduct that apply to Registered Social Workers and that should apply generally in the social work profession.
The Social Workers Registration Board issues this Code in accordance with section 105 of the Social Workers Registration Act 2003.
The Code of Conduct guidelines support the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Social Workers.
Download: Code of conduct guidelines (199.88 kB)
Under the Code, social workers are expected to:
These minimum standards operate in a broader context that includes:
The SWRB recognises that no code can prescribe, in detail, every behaviour expected of a professional social worker. In addition to interpreting the Code in the wider context noted above, this Code must be interpreted taking account of the balance of responsibilities between employers and their professional staff. The Code must also be interpreted in the context of an individual circumstance. ‘Client’ may refer to an individual adult or child, a family, whanau or aiga, a group, an organisation or part of an organisation.
The Code of Conduct and guidelines may be updated by the SWRB from time to time to ensure their ongoing relevance, and to reflect issues that arise in practice. The SWRB has sought suggested additions or improvements to the guidelines by writing to a range of organisations and individuals to ensure they are aware of the guidelines and to invite any suggestions they may have.