Social workers work in the trenches to help people improve their lives. Their work is invaluable to those they work with and the community at large. Using an effective risk management plan can help lower the costs of social services insurance programs. More money in your budget lets you focus on doing good in the community.
One of the most important ways to minimize risk in social work is for professionals to adhere to the ethical standards of the profession. Protecting a client’s confidentiality, privacy and informed consent are vitally important. A social worker who follows professional ethics has a lower risk of being sued for professional negligence.
When tricking situations come up, it is important to try and get as much information from the client as possible to mitigate any law violations. The goal of social work is to help the client in a way that is both ethical and legal. Adhering to ethical standards can help guide social workers in navigating these ethical dilemmas.
Lawsuits against social workers primarily result from claims alleging professional malpractice. These claims can result in censure, monetary judgments, probation, suspension or revocation of professional license, continuing education, mandated supervision, reprimand or fines. Any lawsuit can increase the cost of social services insurance programs making risk management a necessity for social workers.