CASW Strategic Plan 2023 - 2028

Pillar 1: Promote the Profession

Direction
There is a clear understanding of the scope of practice for the social work profession in Canada.

GOAL 1
Social work is recognized as essential for mental and substance use services, primary healthcare, education, community development, child welfare and social care.

Priorities

  • Collaborate with partner organizations to coordinate and execute a sustained national communications strategy that advances CASW’s mission and ends, increases member engagement, and continually improves online presence.
  • Deliver an annual National Social Work Month campaign that promotes the profession’s scope of practice and social justice principles to the public, parliamentarians, and collaborators.

GOAL 2
Clearly communicate the parameters of professional social work practice within diverse and evolving societal contexts.

Priorities

  • Launch the revised national Code of Ethics through joint engagement with the CASW federation, diverse partners and intersectoral collaborators; supporting members to uphold, and the public to understand, the national Code of Ethics of the profession. 
  • Meaningfully collaborate with the CASW federation, diverse partners, and intersectoral collaborators to develop national clinical best practices for the profession. 

 

Pillar Two: Strategic Advocacy

Direction
CASW impacts national health, social and economic policy.

GOAL 1
Parliamentarians and policy makers are influenced by CASW positions, grounded in its Social Policy Principles, when drafting and passing legislation, regulations, and policy.

Priorities

  • Operationalize a communications and government relations strategy that advances CASW strategic advocacy priorities.
  • Collaborate with CASW federation and diverse partners to establish emerging national social advocacy priorities in response to post-pandemic issues and challenges.

GOAL 2
The social work profession is consistently included in national consultations on health and social care.

Priorities

  • Provide timely responses to federal legislative priorities, national consultations, and Standing Committee reviews and studies grounded in CASW Social Policy Principles.
  • Target Parliamentarians, Cabinet members and government decision makers who have responsibility or influence over profession priorities and CASW’s participation on national advisory bodies.
  • Work together with CASW federation and diverse partners to identify and advance national profession advocacy priorities. 

 

PILLAR 3: EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, ACCESSIBILITY, AND BELONGING (EDIAB)

Direction
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging are at the forefront of concrete actions and recommendations.

GOAL 1
Integrate and apply principles of reconciliation, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging within and across the organization.

Priorities

  • Apply an EDIB lens in prioritizing and implementing relevant recommendations of the 2022 CASW organizational review to support systemic operational change.
  • Modernize CASW internal operational policies, procedures, and services to make meaningful progress towards the journey of reconciliation, EDIB, and decolonization.
  • Establish diverse advisory groups to support decision-making and seek to expand the diversity of the Board of Directors to include a broader range of perspectives at the governance level.
  • Work together with partner organizations in our collective commitments to journeys of reconciliation, decolonization and strengthening EDIB.

GOAL 2
Meaningfully involve and amplify the voices of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Black, racially marginalized, 2SLGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities and/or people experiencing intersecting identities within the development of policy papers and positions.

Priorities

  • Uphold CASW commitments in its Statement of Apology and advocate for the implementation of the Calls for Justice in Reclaiming Power and Place and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Implement the reparations from the joint Association of Black Social Workers/CASW Reparations for Social Workers of African Descent project.
  • Adopt the Anti-Racism Statement and operationalize its commitments.
  • Maintain existing and actively develop new partnerships with organizations and groups reflective of diverse perspectives and ways of knowing. 

 

PILLAR 4: STRENGTHEN THE PROFESSION AND ASSOCIATION

Direction
CASW members have access to a broad base of information and tools to enhance their knowledge, practice, well-being, and journeys of reconciliation.

GOAL 1
Support the growth of the profession and expand continuing education offerings to encourage deeper understanding of reconciliation, decolonization and EDIAB.

Priorities

  • Deliver continuing education and professional development that enhances members’ knowledge, practice, and well-being, and supports individual and collective commitments to reconciliation, decolonization and EDIAB.
  • Support the growth of CASW partner organizations and work towards a unified federation, that represents all jurisdictions in Canada, involving the Association Québécoise des travailleuses sociales et travailleurs sociaux.

GOAL 2
Provide members with direct services and benefits that support their knowledge, practice, and well-being.

Priorities

  • Deepen an understanding of membership characteristics and needs, through systematic data gathering and analysis to inform the work of the organization.
  • Build awareness of existing benefits and develop new membership benefits that further support member knowledge, practice, and well-being.