The Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (2015) is the updated revision of the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (2001) and the Indicators for the Achievement of the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice (2007).The latest standards and indicators developed by the 2015 NASW National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, builds on the previous work to introduce new concepts and expand on others. These standards reinforce the concept of "culture" as being inclusive beyond race and ethnicity; inclusive of, but not limited to, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and religious identity or spirituality. Similarly, they reinforce the intended audience for these standards to be the broad spectrum of social work practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. The revised standards retain the concept of "competence" as an indicator of attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enable effective cross-cultural practice. As with any competency, there is the expectation of continual growth and learning. The revised standards introduce concepts of "cultural humility", as a guiding stance vis-Ã¡-vis cultural differences, and "intersectionality," as a way of understanding the complexity of the experiences of those at the margins of our society. In addition, the revision introduces "language and communication" to address a range of communication issues including limited English proficiency, literacy and disabilities. Finally, the revisions revisit the way the social work profession engages in "leadership to advance cultural competence" within the profession, human services, and society at large and challenge structural and institutional oppression.
NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines provide benchmarks that describe the services that social workers should provide; that employers should support and that consumers should expect.