The 10th edition of Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2014. The Delegate Assembly, NASW's key policy-making body, meets every three years. The policy statements set the parameters for NASW's positions and actions on a broad range of public policy and professional issues.
Social Work Speaks is an unrivaled reference tool that represents the collective thinking of thousands of experienced social workers from all fields of practice. It is a first-rate introductory social policy text that will spark dynamic and valuable debates on public policy and the role of social work in effecting social change.
This edition includes 20 revised and expanded policy statements on topics ranging from affirmative action and early childhood care to health care and women's issues. All of the revised policy statements were last updated in 2005.
Social workers who want to be informed and involved in policy analysis, advocacy for social policies, or the formulation of future policy statements will find the 10th edition of Social Work Speaks a useful volume.
Social Work Speaks is a valuable resource for the profession. In it we share a wealth of knowledge regarding important issues of our time and demonstrate the added value of the professional contribution. This volume in particular is a special contribution to the profession and to the many fields covered by these policy statements. As the association enters its 60th year, the maturity of the thinking organized in this powerful and impactful policy resource speaks to the wealth of intellectual and practice resources we offer our colleagues, our clients, and decision-making bodies. I hope you will share this resource broadly and be proud of your profession and the contributions we are making to promote a just and equitable society in these often challenging times. I thank particularly the contributing authors, reviewers, and staff for making this edition a powerful resource that will make a difference for so many.
Darrell P. Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW
Dean & Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work