Code of Ethics

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers regulates two professions: social workers and social service workers. The following sets out the Code of Ethics for registrants of the College:

1) A College registrant maintains the best interest of the client as the primary professional obligation;

2) A College registrant shows respect for the intrinsic worth of the clients they serve;

3) A College registrant carries out their professional duties and obligations with integrity and objectivity;

4) A College registrant continually maintains and enhances their professional competence

5) A College registrant does not exploit the relationship with a client for their own personal benefit, gain or gratification;

6) A College registrant maintains confidentiality in all client interactions;

7) A College registrant who engages in another profession, occupation, affiliation or calling must not allow outside interests to affect their relationship with clients;

8) A College registrant does not provide services in a manner that diminishes the public’s trust or discredits the professions;

9) A College registrant advocates for workplace conditions and policies that are consistent with this Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers;

10) A College registrant takes an anti-racist and anti-oppressive stance in their work, and commits to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in all aspects of their practice; 

11) A College registrant advocates for social justice, the overall benefit of society, the environment and the global community.