The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) compiles their policy statements in the source titled, Social Work Speaks. The ninth edition, published in 2012, contains policy statements that were adopted by the Delegate Assembly in 2011, including 18 revised statements.
Invaluable for students in social work policy classes, Social Work Speaks provides 64 public and professional policy statements on a wide range of social issues, such as adolescent health, capital punishment, disasters, family violence, homelessness, immigrants, mental health, people with disabilities, racism, school violence, transgender and gender issues, welfare reform, and youth suicide, among others. Each statement presents a background summary, an issue statement, a policy statement, and a list of references –all of which can be helpful in identifying key legislation, publications, and organizations.
Although the table of contents are posted at the NASW website, Social Work Speaks is not available in electronic format at this time. To consult the latest print volume, please come to the Research Center where you will find Social Work Speaks located in the Reference stacks with the call number HV88 .N118 2012.
You can also review the Social Welfare Policy research guide for additional policy resources.