CSWE Statement of Accountability and Reconciliation for Harms Done to Indigenous and
From the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Social workers promote social justice and focus on empowerment of people who are vulnerable and oppressed, yet there is no doubt
that social workers have also functioned as agents of social control, upholding
the norms of a colonial, racist society and encouraging clients to assimilate
into the larger American culture and to adapt to its norms and values.
CSWE publication acknowledges that the social work profession and social work
education are steeped in colonial influences and that social work practices
have supported government priorities, including eradicating and assimilating
Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.
The actions of individual social workers and our
profession have caused harm in multiple ways, through actions and
Recommendations in this statement of reconciliation
call for change and healing.
Read the CSWE Statement of Accountability and Reconciliation for Harms Done to Indigenous and Tribal Peoples