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's national office 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
NASW-MN also develops a legislative agenda each year focused on Minnesota's priorities for social workers.