The social work profession was founded in social change. Through the professionâ€™s history, social workers have sought to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources and opportunities that allow them to meet their basic needs. The Public Policy Department at NASW upholds this challenge by advocating for the Association to members of Congress and regulatory agencies that so often hold the authority in their hands to influence policy. NASW has developed a Policy Agenda, which asserts the Associationâ€™s advocacy priorities for the legislative cycle. NASWâ€™s Policy Agenda is consistent with the NASW policies in Social Work Speaks that is developed by members of the Association at Delegate Assembly.
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NASW's Public Policy staff is fighting hard to make the voice of professional social workers heard on Capitol Hill. The most effective way to express our ideas and vision, however, is through our members. Having a network of professional social workers willing to contact their members of Congress - via letter, e-mail, or office visits regarding specific issues is essential, ensuring that NASW's public policy agenda is addressed in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Learn about NASW’s key issues and about NASW's positions on these issues.
NASW provided a document to the Obama Administration after his re-election which covers a variety of issue areas of interest to social workers and our clients.
NASW-PACE is the political action arm of NASW. As a political action committee, NASW-PACE endorses and contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW's Policy Agenda.