Breaches of Social Worker Confidentiality
Social workers are often told or made aware of very sensitive information about their clients and clients’ families, making confidentiality an essential part of their business and relationships with clients. Although there are many instances in which clients’ information can be shared, or is legally required to be shared, there are instances in which revealing private information is a breach of social worker-client confidentiality.
Being accused of a breach of confidentiality is a serious charge, especially as it could result in a suspension or revocation of your license. At the Leichter Law Firm, our Texas professional license defense attorneys want to help you if you are facing charges that threaten your license and your livelihood. Contact us at 512-495-9995 to learn more about what we may be able to do for you.
Examples of Breaches of Confidentiality
According to the NASW Code of Ethics, the following may be considered a breach of confidentiality:
- Disclosing information to the media
- Improperly disposing of or closing a client’s record
- Disclosing information saved in written and electronic records
- Disclosing information about clients in training or teaching sessions without their consent
- Sharing identifying information when talking with a consultant
In addition to being charged with breach of confidentiality, a social worker can be charged with neglecting their duty if they fail to properly inform clients of confidentiality rights and clauses.
The Texas professional license defense lawyers at the Leichter Law Firm are ready to go to work on your case if you are facing the loss of your social work license. Call 512-495-9995 to learn more about what we may be able to do to help you.