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Social Work Speaks

10th Edition—NASW Policy Statements

Adolescents

  • Adolescent and Young Adult Health
  • Adolescent and Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Education of Children and Adolescents
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • School Violence
  • Youth Suicide

Aging

  • Aging and Wellness
  • End-of-Life Decision Making and Care
  • Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Long-Term Services and Supports
  • Social Services
  • Workplace Discrimination

Behavioral Health

  • Drug Testing in the Workplace
  • Early Childhood Care and Services
  • Employee Assistance
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health
  • People with Disabilities
  • Professional Self-Care and Social Work
  • Professional Impairment
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Youth Suicide
  • Women’s Issues

Child Welfare

  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Welfare Workforce
  • Family Violence
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Parental Kidnapping
  • Social Services

Community

  • Community Development
  • Disasters
  • Environmental Policy
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Role of Government, Social Policy, and Social Work
  • Rural Social Work
  • Social Services
  • Social Work in the Criminal Justice System
  • Voter Participation

Discrimination and Equity Issues

  • Affirmative Action
  • Aging and Wellness
  • Civil Liberties and Justice
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Social Work Profession
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • International Policy on Human Rights
  • Language and Cultural Diversity in the United States
  • Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues
  • Peace and Social Justice
  • People with Disabilities
  • Poverty and Economic Justice
  • Prostituted People, Commercial Sex Workers, and Social Work Practice
  • Racism
  • Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Sovereignty, Rights, and the Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples
  • Transgender and Gender Identity Issues
  • Women in the Social Work Profession
  • Women’s Issues
  • Workplace Discrimination

Education

  • Early Childhood Care and Services
  • Education of Children and Adolescents
  • School Violence

Employment

  • Drug Testing in the Workplace
  • Employee Assistance
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Women in the Social Work Profession

Ethnicity and Race

  • Affirmative Action
  • Civil Liberties and Justice
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Social Work Profession
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • International Policy on Human Rights
  • Language and Cultural Diversity in the United States
  • Peace and Social Justice
  • Racism
  • Sovereignty, Rights, and the Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples
  • Women in the Social Work Profession
  • Workplace Discrimination

Families and Children

  • Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Welfare Workforce
  • Early Childhood Care and Services
  • Education of Children and Adolescents
  • Family Planning and Reproductive Choice
  • Family Policy
  • Family Violence
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Genetics
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Parental Kidnapping
  • Welfare Reform
  • Women’s Issues

Family Planning

  • Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Family Planning and Reproductive Choice
  • Genetics
  • Women’s Issues

Gender Issues

  • Affirmative Action
  • Family Planning and Reproductive Choice
  • Family Violence
  • Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues
  • Prostituted People, Commercial Sex Workers, and Social Work Practice
  • Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Transgender and Gender Identity Issues
  • Women in the Social Work Profession
  • Women’s Issues
  • Workplace Discrimination

Health

  • Adolescent and Young Adult Health
  • Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Aging and Wellness
  • Early Childhood Care and Services
  • End-of-Life Decision Making and Care
  • Family Planning and Reproductive Choice
  • Genetics
  • Health Care
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Hospice Care
  • Long-Term Services and Supports
  • Mental Health
  • People with Disabilities
  • Professional Self-Care and Social Work
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Women’s Issues

Macro Issues

  • Affirmative Action
  • Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty
  • Child Welfare Workforce
  • Civil Liberties and Justice
  • Crime Victim Assistance
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Social Work Profession
  • Deprofessionalization and Reclassification
  • Disasters
  • Environmental Policy
  • Family Policy
  • Health Care
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • International Policy on Human Rights
  • Language and Cultural Diversity in the United States
  • Peace and Social Justice
  • Poverty and Economic Justice
  • Racism
  • Role of Government, Social Policy, and Social Work
  • Rural Social Work
  • Social Services
  • Social Work in the Criminal Justice System
  • Sovereignty, Rights, and the Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples
  • Technology and Social Work
  • Voter Participation
  • Welfare Reform

Political Action

  • Civil Liberties and Justice
  • Electoral Politics
  • Role of Government, Social Policy, and Social Work
  • Voter Participation

Social Work Professional Statements

  • Child Welfare Workforce
  • Confidentiality and Information Utilization
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Social Work Profession
  • Deprofessionalization and Reclassification
  • Employee Assistance
  • NASW Code of Ethics
  • Professional Impairment
  • Professional Self-Care and Social Work
  • Technology and Social Work
  • Women in the Social Work Profession

Substance Use

  • Drug Testing in the Workplace
  • Professional Impairment
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Violence

  • Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Crime Victim Assistance
  • Family Violence
  • Prostituted People, Commercial Sex Workers, and Social Work Practice
  • School Violence
  • Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Women’s Issues
  • Youth Suicide

Policy Statements Approved by the 2014 Delegate Assembly

  • Affirmative Action
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Welfare Workforce
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Social Work Profession
  • Disasters
  • Early Childhood Care and Services
  • Education of Children and Adolescents
  • Electoral Politics
  • End-of-Life Decision Making and Care
  • Health Care
  • Homelessness
  • Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues
  • Long-Term Services and Support
  • Racism
  • Role of the Government, Social Policy, and Social Work
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Workplace Discrimination
  • Women in Social Work Profession
  • Women’s Issues
  • Youth Suicide

Title Changes from the 9th Edition

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs is now Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Education of Children and Youths is now Education of Children and Adolescents
  • End-of-Life Care is now End-of-Life Decision Making and Care
  • Gender-, Ethnic-, and Race-Based Workplace Discrimination is now Workplace Discrimination
  • Health Care Policy is now Health Care
  • Long-Term Care is now Long-Term Services and Support
  • Public Child Welfare is now Child Welfare Workforce

Policy Statements Eliminated from the 9th Edition

  • Physical Punishment of Children
  • School Truancy and Dropout Prevention
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