As of January 1, 2018, Standard 1.07(c) the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics has been updated, changing the exception to confidentiality from situations when disclosure is necessary to prevent “serious, imminent harm to the client or other identifiable persons” to situations when disclosure is necessary to prevent “serious, imminent harm to the client or others.” This article explores the rationale and implications for removing the term “identifiable persons.”

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