2021 Revised NASW Code of Ethics Now in Effect: New Self-care, Cultural Humility/Competency Provisions Added

The NASW Code of Ethics has been updated with new language that addresses the importance of professional self-care and revises the Cultural Competence standard. It went into effect for all social workers June 1. A living document, the code responds to the needs of the profession, which are influenced by ever-changing world conditions and trends. The latest changes affect all social workers.


NASW is committed to advancing professional ethics and is offering the following new resources: ​

  • Join NASW's free 90-minute webinar: "2021 Revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics: Self-Care and Cultural Competence." If you want to earn CEs, NASW members pay a discounted rate of $20; Nonmembers can earn CEs at the $25 rate. Remember, anyone can watch the webinar free of charge. The registration link will be available shortly, and the free training will be available on-demand.

  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the rationale for the 2021 approved revisions and other important details.

  • Buy English or Spanish translations of the code at https://naswpress.org/. NASW is updating its web pages to post the new code but wants you to be the first to know about 2021 ethics resources to support the profession.