Employee Standards and Code
Statement of Employee
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
KENTUCKY STATE GOVERNMENT:
STATEMENT OF EMPLOYEE
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
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
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.
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 employees 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
anothers 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
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
strive for improvement in the proficiency and effectiveness of the
service and products they deliver.
of Ethics developed by the National Association of Social Work
Workers Conduct and Comportment as a Social Worker
social worker shall maintain high standards of personal conduct in the
capacity or identity as social worker.
Competence and Professional Development. The
social worker shall strive to become and remain proficient in
professional practice and the performance of professional functions.
The social worker shall regard as primary the service
obligation of the social work profession.
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
The Social Workers Ethical Responsibility to Clients
Primacy of Clients Interests.
The social workers primary responsibility is to clients.
Rights and Prerogatives of Clients.
The social worker shall make every effort to foster maximum
self-determination on the part of clients.
Confidentiality and Privacy.
The social worker shall respect the privacy of clients and hold
in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional
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 clients ability to pay.
Workers Ethical Responsibility to Colleagues
Respect, Fairness and Courtesy.
The social worker shall treat colleagues with respect,
courtesy, fairness, and good faith.
Dealing with Colleagues Clients.
The social worker has the responsibility to relate to the
clients of colleagues with full professional consideration.
Workers Ethical Responsibility to Employers and Employing
Commitments to Employing Organizations.
The social worker shall adhere to commitments made to the
The Social Workers Ethical Responsibility to the Social Work
Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession.
The social worker shall uphold and advance the values, ethics,
knowledge, and mission of the profession.
Community Service. The
social worker shall assist the profession in making social services
available to the general public.
Development of Knowledge.
The social worker shall take responsibility for identifying,
developing, and fully utilizing knowledge for professional practice.
The Social Workers Ethical Responsibility to Society.
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.