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Social Work Speaks
National Association of Social Workers Policy Statements 2018-2020, 11th Edition
National Association of Social Workers
ISBN: 978-0-87101-526-6. 2018. Item #5266. 412 pages.
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The 11th edition of Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2017. The Delegate Assembly, NASW’s key policymaking 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.


This edition includes 24 updated policy statements on topics ranging from human trafficking and transgender and gender nonconforming people to immigrants and refugees. Social Work Speaks is a reference tool that represents the collective thinking of thousands of social workers across all fields of practice. This user-friendly resource can assist in developing organizational responses to policy issues, conducting policy analysis, and working in advocacy coalitions.


Social Work Speaks 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 leading change.


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 11th edition of Social Work Speaks a useful resource.


Policy Statement Topic Areas...................................................................................................... v
Foreword
By Kathryn Conley Wehrmann and Angelo McClain.......................................................................... ix
Acknowledgment of Social Work Speaks
NASW Policy Statement Panelists...................................................................................... xiii
Public and Professional Policy Statements
Adolescent and Young Adult Health........................................................................................................ 3
Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting...................................................................................................... 8
Affirmative Action...................................................................................................................................... 15
Aging and Wellness.................................................................................................................................. 20
Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty.......................................................................................... 29
Child Abuse and Neglect.......................................................................................................................... 35
Child Welfare Workforce.......................................................................................................................... 42
Civil Liberties and Social Justice.............................................................................................................. 45
Community Development........................................................................................................................ 51
Confidentiality and Information Utilization.......................................................................................... 56
Crime Victim Assistance.......................................................................................................................... 61
Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Social Work Profession................................................ 66
Deprofessionalization and Reclassification............................................................................................ 72
Disasters...................................................................................................................................................... 75
Early Childhood Care and Services........................................................................................................ 81
Economic Justice........................................................................................................................................ 84
Education of Children and Adolescents................................................................................................ 90
Electoral Politics........................................................................................................................................ 95
Employee Assistance................................................................................................................................ 101
End-of-Life Decision Making and Care................................................................................................ 106
Environmental Policy.............................................................................................................................. 113
Family Policy............................................................................................................................................ 120
Family Violence........................................................................................................................................ 127
Foster Care and Adoption...................................................................................................................... 133
Genetics...................................................................................................................................................... 140
Health Care................................................................................................................................................ 146
HIV and AIDS.......................................................................................................................................... 152
Homelessness............................................................................................................................................ 160
Hospice Care............................................................................................................................................ 168
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Housing...................................................................................................................................................... 174
Human Trafficking.................................................................................................................................. 180
Immigrants and Refugees...................................................................................................................... 187
International Policy on Human Rights................................................................................................ 192
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention...................................................................................... 198
Language Diversity in the United States.............................................................................................. 204
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues.......................................................................................................... 211
Licensing and Regulation of Social Work Practice.............................................................................. 220
Long-Term Services and Supports........................................................................................................ 225
Mental Health.......................................................................................................................................... 232
Parental Kidnapping................................................................................................................................ 238
Peace and Social Justice.......................................................................................................................... 243
People with Disabilities.......................................................................................................................... 248
Professional Impairment........................................................................................................................ 252
Professional Self-Care and Social Work................................................................................................ 257
Racism........................................................................................................................................................ 259
Reproductive Justice................................................................................................................................ 265
Role of Government, Social Policy, and Social Work.......................................................................... 278
Rural Social Work.................................................................................................................................... 283
School Violence........................................................................................................................................ 289
Sex Trade and Social Work Practice...................................................................................................... 293
Social Services.......................................................................................................................................... 298
Social Work in the Criminal Justice System........................................................................................ 302
Sovereignty, Rights, and the Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples...................................................... 310
Substance Use Disorder Treatment........................................................................................................ 316
Technology and Social Work.................................................................................................................. 318
Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People.............................................................................. 323
Voter Participation.................................................................................................................................... 332
Welfare Reform........................................................................................................................................ 337
Women in the Social Work Profession.................................................................................................. 341
Women’s Issues........................................................................................................................................ 353
Workplace Discrimination...................................................................................................................... 363
Youth Suicide............................................................................................................................................ 366
NASW Code of Ethics.................................................................................................................. 371
Index........................................................................................................................................................ 389