It is my #1 practice to respect clients’ right to privacy. As a Social Worker, I will not solicit private information from clients unless it is essential to providing services or conducting social work evaluation or research. Once private information is shared, standards of confidentiality apply.
At specific times, I may disclose confidential information when appropriate with valid consent from a client or a person legally authorized to consent on behalf of a client.
I promise to protect the confidentiality of all information obtained in the course of professional service, except for compelling professional reasons. The general expectation that Social Workers will keep information confidential does not apply when disclosure is necessary to prevent serious, foreseeable, and imminent harm to a client or other identifiable person. In all instances, Social Workers should disclose the least amount of confidential information necessary to achieve the desired purpose; only information that is directly relevant to the purpose for which the disclosure is made should be revealed.
I will inform my clients, to the extent possible, about the disclosure of confidential information and the potential consequences, when feasible before the disclosure is made. This applies whether I disclose confidential information on the basis of a legal requirement or client consent. More Info