Child Welfare

Nurturing families and permanent connections are critical to a child’s well-being. While most parents want to do what is best for their families, they cannot always do it alone. Child welfare social workers specialize in building upon the strengths within a family and their community to help provide a safe and loving environment for their children. However, in some instances, social workers must intervene to protect children from harm.

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

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Join a Specialty Practice Section for practice-specific professional development, newsletters, CE credits and more. Choose from Child Welfare; School Social Work; Children, Adolescents and Young Adults, and more.

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CE Tracker tells you exactly what you need to renew your social work license — including the amount and type of CEs you need and your renewal deadlines.

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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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MyNASW is the private online community where you can connect with peers, share knowledge and build your network.

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