NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines provide benchmarks that describe the services that social workers should provide; that employers should support and that consumers should expect.
Standards/guidelines reflect current and emerging best practice trends and are a critical component of the professional social worker’s toolkit.They are useful for both new and experienced practitioners, and can be effective advocacy tools.
Each set of standards/guidelines was developed and reviewed by a panel of experts, informed by member feedback and approved by the NASW Board of Directors.
Standards/guidelines can be accessed below. Hard copies can be purchased through NASW Press.
NASW, ASWB, CSWE, & CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice
Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice
NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Clients with Substance Use Disorders
Best Practice Standards in Social Work Supervision
NASW Standards for School Social Work Services
NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults
NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care
NASW Standards for Continuing Education and the Social Work Profession