NASW's Mission and Purpose

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Our Mission

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is a membership organization that works to enhance the professional growth and development of our members, to create and maintain professional standards for social workers, and to advance sound social policies.

Our Purpose

  • To promote the quality and effectiveness of social work practice in the United States.
  • To improve conditions of life in our democratic society using social work knowledge and skills.
  • To help maintain and promote high standards for social work practice and preparation for practice.

Our Work


We Support Our Members and Advance the Profession


NASW is a membership organization that advocates for all social workers, nationally and locally, and works to shape public policy and advance the role of social work in effecting social change. 

All social workers in the U.S. benefit from NASW’s advocacy, but this work is made possible only through membership dues. So NASW must charge dues in order to provide products and services, education and advocacy for social workers.

Advocacy

NASW works to shape legislation and public policy that protects and strengthens the social work profession; promotes health, welfare and education; or strengthens opportunities and social supports for individuals and families.

Ethics

To protect the public and ensure high quality social work services, NASW enforces a Code of Ethics and works to improve regulation of social work in every state. Thanks to these efforts, all states in the U.S. now license or otherwise regulate social work practice.

Continuing Education

NASW provides opportunities for continuing education, professional development and networking through in-person and online events and workshops.

Publications

NASW publishes scholarly reference materials, professional journals, comprehensive research abstracts, and a bi-monthly magazine. We also offer practice updates, newsletters, blogs, issue briefs, public education materials and other resources.


We Educate the Public


We educate stakeholders, including members of the public, media, policymakers, voters and employers, about the importance of the social work profession.

Code of Ethics

NASW Code of Ethics

The NASW Code of Ethics offers a set of values, principles and standards to guide the professional conduct of social workers.

Read our Code of Ethics


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NASW's Bylaws

The NASW Bylaws provide a framework for NASW's governance and operation.

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Social Workers Serve All Communities

NASW and our chapters work with many different groups to improve social well-being and to advance the profession.

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Social Work Speaks

Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive collection of policy statements that set the parameters for NASW’s positions and actions on public policy and professional issues.

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