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. 

Standards/guidelines can be accessed below. Hard copies can be purchased through NASW Press.