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.
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.