Helpful Tips and Information to Manage Your Risks

Managing Your Malpractice Risks

Attending an NASW Assurance Services Risk Management Workshop is one of the biggest steps to avoid malpractice liability exposure—risk management education.

However, there is considerably more you can do on your to understand and manage professional liability risk, including:

Read, read, read…

NASW Assurance Services offers numerous resources to help you understand and manage your risk now and throughout your social work career. Many of these resources are included in this section for you to refer to now, and again whenever you need to in the future.

The Prudent Practice and Ethics Audit books are available from the NASW Press at These are critical risk management and ethics references for all social workers.

Additionally, NASW provides a wealth of resources regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that you should familiarize yourself and comply with. This includes an online HIPAA security compliance workbook and online training program. For more information visit

Obtain professional liability insurance and keep it throughout your career.

It’s important to keep your individual professional liability insurance throughout your social work career because although you may have coverage through an employer, it may not be sufficient to cover the cost of your legal defense, and you may not be able to choose your own coverage levels.

Use the risk management helpline.

Designated for policyholders, the helpline, staffed by a risk management specialist, can provide policyholders with information in advance to help avoid situations that could lead to a malpractice lawsuit. Call 1-888-278-0038 to access the helpline.

Attend risk management workshops and webinars.

Learn how to manage your risk in our risk management educational workshops sponsored by NASW Assurance Services and co-sponsored by NASW chapters and other hosts.

Understand and abide by the NASW Code of Ethics.

Seek additional ethics training workshops and CEUs through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). For a full version of the Code of Ethics visit

Practice, practice, practice what you have learned throughout your social work career.

Review educational material often and stay current on laws and policies in your state.