Employee Standards and Code of Ethics

Statement of Employee Practices 
Code of Ethics

Protection and Permanency Staff are to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.  To assist staff in determining appropriate behavior, the Department has adopted two sets of guidelines for staff to follow in the performance of their duties.  The first set of guidelines was developed by the panel on Governmental Ethics and Conflicts of Interest.  These recommended guidelines have been adopted by the Commonwealth to be followed by all Kentucky State Government employees in the performance of their duties.


As public employees, we execute our responsibilities on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth.  We must not use our positions for personal gain or influence.  We shall continually strive to improve the quality and efficiency of services rendered by Kentucky State Government.  To this end, the following statement is adopted by Kentucky State Government to be followed by all its employees in the execution of their official duties as employees of the Commonwealth.

1.Employees shall be honest, objective and diligent in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.

2.Employees shall not knowingly participate in any illegal or improper activity.  In  the performance of their duties, they shall be continually aware of the public trust they hold and their obligation to maintain a high standard of competence and dignity.

3.Employees shall not enter into any activity which may be in conflict with the interest of the citizens of Kentucky.  Employees shall refrain from entering into any activity which may prejudice (or give the appearance of such) their ability to objectively perform their duties and responsibilities.

4.Employees or members of their immediate families shall not solicit or accept directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor or other economic consideration from any person, group, private business, or public agency which may affect the impartial performance of the employee’s duties.

5.Employees shall be prudent in the disclosure or use of information acquired in the course of their duties.  They shall not disclose information that may infringe upon another’s right to privacy.  They shall not use confidential information for any personal gain nor in a manner which may be detrimental to the welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth.

6. Employees shall not use state resources, including time, facilities, equipment, supplies or uniforms, for private benefit or advantage.  Employees shall secure prior approval of their cabinets’ management before using state time, facilities, equipment, supplies or uniforms for community projects.

7.Employees shall strive for improvement in the proficiency and effectiveness of the service and products they deliver.

Code of Ethics developed by the National Association of Social Work

1.The Social Worker’s Conduct and Comportment as a Social Worker

a) Propriety.  The social worker shall maintain high standards of personal conduct in the capacity or identity as social worker.

b) Competence and Professional Development.  The social worker shall strive to become and remain proficient in professional practice and the performance of professional functions.

c) Service.  The social worker shall regard as primary the service obligation of the social work profession.

d) Integrity.  The social worker shall act in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity.

e )Scholarship and Research.  The social worker engaged in study and research shall be guided by the conventions of scholarly inquiry

2. The Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibility to Clients

a) Primacy of Client’s Interests.  The social worker’s primary responsibility is to clients.

b) Rights and Prerogatives of Clients.  The social worker shall make every effort to foster maximum self-determination on the part of clients.

c) Confidentiality and Privacy.  The social worker shall respect the privacy of clients and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service.

d) Fees.  When setting fees, the social worker shall ensure that they are fair, reasonable, considerate, and commensurate with the service performed and with due regard to the client’s ability to pay.

3.The Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues

a) Respect, Fairness and Courtesy.  The social worker shall treat colleagues with respect, courtesy, fairness, and good faith.

b) Dealing with Colleagues Clients.  The social worker has the responsibility to relate to the clients of colleagues with full professional consideration.

4.The Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibility to Employers and Employing Organizations

a) Commitments to Employing Organizations.  The social worker shall adhere to commitments made to the employing organizations.

5.        The Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibility to the Social Work Profession

a) Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession.  The social worker shall uphold and advance the values, ethics, knowledge, and mission of the profession.

b) Community Service.  The social worker shall assist the profession in making social services available to the general public.

c) Development of Knowledge.  The social worker shall take responsibility for identifying, developing, and fully utilizing knowledge for professional practice.

6.        The Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibility to Society.

a) Promoting the General Welfare.  The social worker shall promote the general welfare of society.

The above constitutes a summary of the Code effective July 1, 1980, as adopted by the 1979 NASW Delegate Assembly.

It is the expectation of the Department that all staff shall follow the guidelines as set forth.  Deviation from the guidelines may result in disciplinary action.


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