Risk Management Tips

Risk Management Tips

  • Know the standards of accepted practice and the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Understand and comply with HIPAA federal regulations.
  • Know your own competency and limitations.
  • Have an attorney you can talk to regularly.
  • Develop clear treatment plans with some basic understanding and sign-off by clients.
  • Set up a routine and consistent consultation and referral practice.
  • Conduct an internal audit of your agency/practice.
  • Conduct in-service staff training on liability risk management.
  • Avoid any of dual relationship with clients.
  • Have adequate coverage, backup, and emergency numbers available.
  • Be cautious in using nontraditional therapies
  • Do not medicate or prescribe; do not promise cures.
  • Recognize high-risk clients from a liability standpoint.
  • Refer and consult appropriately.
  • Keep the well-being and welfare of the client at the forefront of decision making.
  • Treat the client with respect and kindness to reduce the chances of personality conflict and/or being sued for social work malpractice.

Additionally, each month NASW Assurance Services publishes an online social work malpractice “Tip of the Month” article that gives social workers great tips on how to avoid malpractice and reduce risk. Access each article at https://policyholder.naswassurance.org/avoiding-malpractice-tips.

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