New "Social Works Speaks" Is Published

— Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff


The latest edition of Social Work Speaks has been published by the NASW Press.

Social Work Speaks, Eighth Edition provides the new and revised policy statements adopted by the NASW Delegate Assembly in August 2008, as well as those approved by previous assemblies. The newest edition contains 64 statements, including two new statements and 23 revised statements. The two new statements are "Professional Self-Care and Social Work" and "Slavery and Human Trafficking."

Social Work Speaks addresses a variety of topics ranging from affirmative action, disasters, end-of-life-care, HIV and AIDS, people with disabilities, racism, immigrants and refugees, and women's issues. Many of the statements address issues concerning children, such as education of children and youth, child abuse and neglect, and youth suicide.

In general, policy statements consist of four parts: background, issue statement, policy statement and references. A complete legislative history is also included at the end of each statement.

NASW relies on these policy statements to guide policy advocacy and legal action. According to Lisa M. O'Hearn, managing editor of journals and books for NASW Press, Social Work Speaks can also be used as a text for courses in social policy.

For more information: NASW Press.