The NASW Code of Ethics is a set of standards that guide the professional conduct of social workers. The 2021 update includes language that addresses the importance of professional self-care.
Moreover, revisions to the Cultural Competence standard provide more explicit guidance to social workers. All social workers should review the new text and affirm their commitment to abide by the Code of Ethics. Also available in Spanish.
Touching every aspect of life and community, social policy is broad, deep, and constantly changing. For instructors, building a cohesive and engaging policy curriculum can be daunting. For students, navigating policy history, understanding policy implications, and conducting complex analysis can be overwhelming.
In 43 Essential Policies for Human Services Professionals, Gerald O’Brien provides a resource to overcome these challenges, because policy familiarity contributes to social workers’ fundamental understanding of the individuals, communities, institutions, and governments they serve.
The 12th edition of Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2020. The Delegate Assembly, NASW’s key policymaking body, meets every three years. The policy statements set the parameters for NASW’s positions and actions on a broad range of public policy and professional issues.
This edition includes updated policy statements on a wide range of topics, including rural social work, voter rights and participation, mental health, hospice care, juvenile justice, foster care and adoption, and the rights of indigenous peoples. Social Work Speaks is a reference tool that represents the collective thinking of thousands of social workers across all fields of practice. This user-friendly resource can assist in developing organizational responses to policy issues, conducting policy analysis, and working in advocacy coalitions.
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