The social work profession was founded in social change. Throughout the profession’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. NASW upholds this history by advocating for social workers to members of Congress and regulatory agencies that so often hold the authority to influence policy.
NASW has developed a policy agenda, which asserts the association’s advocacy priorities for the legislative cycle. NASW’s policy agenda is consistent with the NASW policies in Social Workers Speaks, which is developed by members of the association at Delegate Assembly.