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Social Work Speaks, 12th Edition
National Association of Social Workers Policy Statements 2021–2023
National Association of Social Workers
ISBN: 978-0-87101-564-8. 2021. Item #5648. 416 pages.
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The 12th edition of Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2020. 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 updated policy statements on a wide range of topics, including rural social work, voter rights and participation, mental health, hospice care, juvenile justice, foster care and adoption, and the rights of indigenous peoples. 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 12th edition of Social Work Speaks a useful resource.
Policy Statement Topic Areas
Foreword by Kathryn Conley Wehrmann and Angelo McClain
Acknowledgment of Social Work Speaks
NASW Policy Statement Panelists

Public and Professional Policy Statements

Adolescent and Young Adult Health
Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting
Affirmative Action
Aging and Wellness
Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Welfare Workforce
Civil Liberties and Social Justice
Community Development
Confidentiality and Information Utilization
Crime Victim Assistance
Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Social Work Profession
De-professionalization and Reclassification
Early Childhood Care and Services
Economic Justice
Education of Children and Adolescents
Electoral Politics
Employee Assistance
End-of-Life Decision Making and Care
Environmental Policy
Family Policy
Family Violence
Foster Care and Adoption
Health Care
Hospice Care
Human Trafficking
Immigrants and Refugees
International Policy on Human Rights
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Language Diversity in the United States
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues
Licensing and Regulation of Social Work Practice
Long-Term Services and Supports
Mental Health
Parental Kidnapping
Peace and Social Justice
People with Disabilities
Professional Impairment
Professional Self-Care and Social Work
Reproductive Justice
Role of Government, Social Policy, and Social Work
Rural Social Work
School Violence
Sex Trade and Social Work Practice
Social Services
Social Work in the Criminal Justice System
Sovereignty, Rights, and the Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples
Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Technology and Social Work
Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People
Voter Participation
Welfare Reform
Women in the Social Work Profession
Women’s Issues
Workplace Discrimination
Youth Suicide

NASW Code of Ethics

Click here to hear NASW senior practice associate, Roxana Torrico Meruvia, explain the NASW policy statements and how to get involved on the NASW Social Work Talks Podcast!