Episode 11: Social Work Speaks and NASW’s Policy Statements

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

Roxana Torrico Meruvia

Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly. These policy statements set the parameters for NASW’s positions and actions on a broad range of public policy and professional issues.

In this episode, NASW Senior Practice Associate Roxana Torrico Meruvia, MSW, talks about Social Work Speaks, the NASW policy statements and how members can get involved.


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Social Work Speaks, 11th Edition

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This publication is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2017. The policy statements set the parameters for NASW’s positions and actions on a broad range of public policy and professional issues. Social workers who want to be informed and involved in policy analysis, advocacy for social policies, or the formulation of future policy statements will find the 11th edition of Social Work Speaks a useful resource.


Social Work Speaks Update, Spring 2017

This ebook includes nine revised and expanded policy statements on topics ranging from adolescent pregnancy and parenting to social work in the criminal justice system and transgender and gender nonconforming people.


Serve on a Policy Review Panel

NASW seeks members to serve on panels for the following policy statements:

  • School Violence
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Sovereignty, Rights, and the Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples

To learn more, read the Policy Review Panelist Role Description .

If you're interested in serving on an NASW Policy Statement Expert Panel, please submit an application. Completed applications must be submitted by September 28, 2018

If you need more information, contact NASWpolicy@socialworkers.org.


Share Your Comments on NASW Policy Statements

NASW members may make suggestions at any time for edits to existing NASW policy statements, including combining or eliminating policies and proposing new policies.

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