Ethical Responsibilities and Understanding Boundaries for Child Welfare Providers

This training Increases awareness and raises understanding and knowledge about the risks children, families and providers face due to professional power and client vulnerability. Provides an understanding of our ethical duties, power, and confidentiality, and develops steps to ethical thinking and problem solving. Explains boundaries and how issues arise due to the providers “basis of power” and the client’s vulnerability.


  • Ethical Dilemmas by Fred Reamer –
    • Article of handling of ethical dilemmas
  • At Personal Risk – book about professional-client relationships by Marilyn Peterson
    • Referenced in this training as a good resource regarding ‘power’ issues
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Iowa Board of Public Health – Social Work Licensure –
    • Resources and responsibilities for licensure in Iowa