Investing in the Social Work Workforce (pdf), a new report released from the Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) in collaboration with the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research (ANSWER), explores the need for more comprehensive, broadly available strategies that target both the recruitment and education of the next generation of professional social workers, and the training of current practitioners. The SWPI works to strengthen social work’s voice in public policy deliberations; to inform policy makers through the collection and dissemination of information on social work effectiveness; and to create a forum to examine current and future issues in health care and social service delivery. The ANSWER Coalition was founded to increase advocacy on behalf of social work education, training, and research through collaboration among social work education, research, and practice organizations; social work education programs; and other interest groups.
The goals of the report are to ensure that social workers have up-to-date skills and the necessary knowledge to meet the demands of the individuals, families, organizations and communities in need. The report concludes with an action agenda (pdf) highlighting the need for the profession to work across social work organizations and with interdisciplinary partners and to engage the executive and legislative branches of government and foundations at both the state and national levels, in order to enhance investments in social work across all fields of practice.
For more information on the report and the think tank symposium, visit: www.socialworkpolicy.org