NASW Guidelines for Social Worker Safety

These guidelines address safety within the context of social work practice and aim to inform social workers, policymakers, employers, and the public about the importance of social worker safety in agency and field work; provide a basis for the development of social work undergraduate, graduate, and field placement practice and agency in-service programs, continuing education materials, and tools related to social work safety; advocate for social workers’ rights to work environments that promote safety; support the exploration of technology that enhances social worker safety; encourage social workers to participate in the development and refinement of public policy that addresses social worker safety through licensing, regulation, and resource; and encourage social workers to participate in the development, refinement, and integration of best practices in promoting social worker safety.

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