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What is a Violation?

A violation is any action taken by a licensed social worker that is contrary to the Board’s law, administrative code, or code of ethics

Board’s Authority

The Board is authorized by law to take disciplinary action against a license if the licensee has violated the law and/or administrative code.  The law establishing the Board was enacted by the legislature as a means of protecting the safety and welfare of the public.  N.D.C.C. 43-41-10 lists the grounds for which the Board may deny a license application, refuse to renew a license, or take disciplinary action against a license.

Is it a Violation?

The Board and its legal counsel may not offer legal advice to the public or licensees.  If you feel you need advice on whether or not to report a potential violation, you should seek private legal counsel

Unlicensed Practice of Social Work

Persons calling themselves a social worker or practicing social work without a valid North Dakota social work license are breaking the law.  The Board has no jurisdiction over these individuals as they do not hold a license under the Board.  Such persons should be reported to the county state’s attorney for possible prosecution.