The Standards of Practice included in sections 185 to 290 of the Social Work Practice Act
govern ethical social work practice in Minnesota. The purpose of the Standards of Practice is to protect the public
by ensuring that all social workers licensed in Minnesota meet minimum standards. The Board of Social Work has the authority take action against a license in the rare event professional standards are not met.
As a licensed professional, you are responsible
for being aware of and comply with the laws regulating social work practice in Minnesota. Each Standard contains multiple provisions, so it is important to carefully read each Standard to ensure you know the relevant regulations for your practice.
Use the links below to review the Standards of Practice:
The Compliance Toolkit is a regular feature of the Board's quarterly newsletter
that provides tools for handling common ethical dilemmas and issues related to the Standards of Practice found in the Minnesota Social Work Practice Act.