Advocacy News
  • 4/25/19: NASW engages in a multitude of advocacy efforts for social workers, especially areas in which members have identified specific concerns. This new publication highlights NASW’s advocacy efforts on behalf of social workers in aging, behavioral health, child welfare, clinical social work, health care, and school social work during the year of 2018. Many of these advocacy activities are ongoing and cross over into 2019. 

  • 3/5/19: NASWVA recently signed onto a letter to Governor Ralph Northam (as part of the Virginia Coalition on Solitary Confinement) requesting amendments to HB 1642 and SB 1777 related to "restrictive housing" practices. See the full letter HERE.

  • 2/21/19: See NASWVA's legislative priority list from the 2019 General Assembly session. Click here for a status list.

Advocacy Matters... the National Level

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 challenge by advocating for the association 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 Work Speaks, which is developed by members of the association at Delegate Assembly.

The national website,, has many resources available under the Advocacy tab. Here are some quick links:

...and at the State Level

As with the national organization, a key purpose of NASWVA is advocacy. During the January 2019 General Assembly Session, NASWVA followed numerous bills. Click here for a status list as of 2/21/19.

We also partner with other organizations in our advocacy efforts; here are some with their legislative priority lists:

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