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

Our standards provide benchmarks for the services that social workers should provide, that employers should support, and that consumers should expect.

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Specialty Practice Sections

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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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social workers can help curb the spread of the disease and reduce people's anxiety.

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NASW Research Library


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