Enhancing Social Work Regulation Across America

Our policymakers have a significant opportunity to unify social work regulation across the nation – fighting inequities and increasing access to care.

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Promote Research

We believe that social work should reflect the evolving needs of the public. Promotion and implementation of cutting-edge research is how we stay current.

Elevate Standards

Enhancing the quality of care nationwide through standardized social work regulations is integral to our mission.

Protect the Public

Those who seek mental health care from social workers should know they are in good hands. Safeguarding the public is key.

Of all mental health services are provided by social workers
Senior care facilities employ social workers
Public schools have at least one full- or part-time social worker
Growth of employment in the field by 2029
As one of the fastest growing professions in the country, social work needs modern regulation.

Research shows that modern regulations unlock high-quality care and improve patient outcomes.

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Reviewing Supervisors’ Qualifications and Responsibilities

42% of social services directors lack social work education. We believe that it takes one to know one. Leaders in the field should be acutely aware of best practices and the evolving needs of professionals and patients.

Rethinking Entry to Practice Competencies

States, institutions, and private facilities maintain varying standards for newly-entering social services professionals. Without a unified set of regulations, the validity and accuracy of criteria are subjective. A unified set of regulations will ensure inclusive and unbiased requirements for those joining the field.

Uplifting Professional Practice Standards

The quality of care in our communities is directly linked to the presence and adequate training of social workers. When state requirements for qualified social work staffing surpass minimum regulations, the mental health of those receiving care increases too.

Upcoming Licensing Regulations

We constantly work with our partners to ensure inclusion and support across the profession.

We’re Taking Action!

We're collaborating with the Council of State Governments (CSG), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to ensure licensed social workers can practice across state lines seamlessly.


Together, we're spearheading the development of an innovative interstate compact, creating an additional licensing pathway. This initiative will break down barriers to license portability and enable social workers to serve communities across multiple states more efficiently.

Transforming a vast social work landscape
Child welfare
Criminal justice
Higher education
Senior care facilities
Rehabilitation facilities
Emergency services
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Empowering Americans, one social worker at a time.

Since the 1990s, ASWB has provided funding through its research arm, the American Foundation for Research and Consumer Education in Social Work Regulation. 

social workers in the U.S.
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to improve the lives of others