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NASW Illinois Chapter Statement on the death of Pamela Knight

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The NASW-Illinois Chapter expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Pamela Knight. Ms. Knight died last week as a result of injuries suffered during an attack on her in September 2017 while working to protect children in her capacity as an investigator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Every day social workers across the United ... Read More »

NASW California Statement on Indictment of DCFS workers

The news that four Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) workers have been indicted for criminal child abuse and falsification of documents in a 2013 case shook the social work world not just in California but across the country. A child death is a tragedy and we all mourn the loss of Gabriel. At the same ... Read More »

North Dakota Chapter creates safety training course

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW continues to help social workers and other human-service professionals learn how to be safe performing their jobs. Some of the latest efforts are taking place at the NASW North Dakota Chapter. Chapter Executive Director Nancy Miller said they used funds from an unrestricted grant to team up with the North Dakota Safety Council ... Read More »

NASW joins White House to help reduce gun violence

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW has been active in White House efforts to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that took place in December in Newtown, Conn. NASW CEO Elizabeth J. Clark participated in a White House meeting with mental health groups, where she met with Vice President Joe Biden’s task ... Read More »

Training important for safety on the job

By Rena Malai, News staff Larry Betcher knows firsthand the danger a social worker can encounter on the job, as one of his clients once flashed a butcher knife at him during an at-home visit. This is one reason safety training is so important for social workers, said Betcher, an NASW board member. “Social workers work with a wide range ... Read More »

NASW’s Continued Response to Sandy Hook

In the last two weeks NASW has participated in several activities in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy.  Last week, NASW CEO Betsy Clark participated in the White House meeting with mental health groups where she met with Vice President Biden’s Task Force.  Since then, NASW has remained engaged in ongoing efforts with the Obama Administration and the mental ... Read More »

Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act – H.R. 5447

Dear Colleague, Over the years, NASW has asked you to speak out on behalf of many causes and issues. You have always risen to the occasion. Significant strides have been made in areas such as children’s health care, employment nondiscrimination, and fair pay legislation. Your advocacy has resulted in the enhanced mental health, social and psychosocial functioning of clients across ... Read More »

Social Work Safety – Diruhi Mattain

The safety of social workers across the country is brought to the attention of the public when a social worker is killed in the line of duty. This is an issue of great importance to the National Association of Social Workers and its 56 chapters every day. The recent tragedy of the murder of a social worker in Massachusetts brings ... Read More »