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Section 1.03 of the Code of
Ethics: Informed Consent.
(a) Social workers should provide
services to clients only in the context of a professional
relationship based, when appropriate, on valid informed consent.
Social workers should use clear and understandable language to
inform clients of the purpose of the services, risks related to the
services, limits to services because of the requirements of a third
party payer, relevant costs, reasonable alternatives, clients'
right to refuse or withdraw consent, and the time frame covered by
the consent. Social workers should provide clients with an
opportunity to ask questions.
(b) In instances when clients are
not literate or have difficulty understanding the primary language
used in the practice setting, social workers should take steps to
ensure clients' comprehension. This may include providing clients
with a detailed verbal explanation or arranging for a qualified
interpreter or translator whenever possible.
(c) In instances when clients lack
the capacity to provide informed consent, social workers should
protect clients' interests by seeking permission from an
appropriate third party, informing clients consistent with the
clients' level of understanding. In such instances social workers
should seek to ensure that the third party acts in a manner
consistent with clients' wishes and interests. Social workers
should take reasonable steps to enhance such clients' ability to
give informed consent.
(d) In instances when clients are
receiving services involuntarily, social workers should provide
information about the nature and extent of services and about the
extent of clients' right to refuse service.
(e) Social workers who provide
services via electronic media (such as computer, telephone, radio,
and television) should inform recipients of the limitations and
risks associated with such services.
(f) Social workers should obtain
clients' informed consent before audiotaping or videotaping clients
or permitting observation of services to clients by a third