NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines

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NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines provide benchmarks that describe the services that social workers should provide; that employers should support and that consumers should expect.

Standards/guidelines reflect current and emerging best practice trends and are a critical component of the professional social worker's toolkit.They are useful for both new and experienced practitioners, and can be effective advocacy tools.

Each set of standards/guidelines was developed and reviewed by a panel of experts, informed by member feedback and approved by the NASW Board of Directors. 

Download our standards and guidelines below, or purchase hard copies from NASW Press.

NASW Research Library

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Find resources that support your social work practice, with unlimited access to online databases from research institutions, think tanks and advocacy organizations.

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Social Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Social Value Creation

Building on social workers’ long history of innovation promoting social justice, this publication explores trends, organizational practices, and system-level advances that drive contemporary social work.

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