NASW 65th Anniversary

65 Years of Advocacy

65 years of advocacy

Since its inception in 1955, NASW has been a fierce advocate for social workers, social justice and social welfare. From marching for civil rights in the streets of Washington, D.C., in the 1960s to supporting marriage equality in the 2000s, the association has actively backed initiatives and legislation that promote equality for everyone, help establish social safety net programs, and elevate and protect social workers.

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A Virtual Night at the Awards

A virtual night at the awards - a night to remember

Thursday, October 29, 2020
6 pm – 7:30 pm ET

NASW and the NASW Foundation present a virtual celebration of social work excellence.  Join us for an unforgettable evening honoring the recipients of the prestigious NASW and NASW Foundation Awards, recognizing individuals whose work has left an imprint in social work leadership, policy advocacy and social change.

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NASW Social Work Pioneers®

The Social Work Pioneers Program honors social workers who have contributed to the evolution and enrichment of the profession. It identifies and recognizes individuals whose unique dedication, commitment, and determination have improved social and human conditions.


60th Anniversary of Code of Ethics

60 years, NASW Code of Ethics

NASW’s Delegate Assembly approved the first edition of the NASW Code of Ethics on October 13, 1960. Since then, the Code has emerged as the standard bearer for defining the values and principles that guide social workers’ conduct in all practice areas.

NASW 65 years




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Interactive Timeline of NASW History

Learn about the impact NASW and our members have had on society and the profession since 1955.

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