OASW advocates for the profession related to professional practice. Unlike other organizations that focus on a single practice issue, work/labour condition(s) or a sector, OASW addresses the entire range of practice issues/concerns that impact on the profession and examines the interconnected nature of these issues and emerging trends across practice areas.
Key issues OASW tackles include:
- Promoting awareness of the important and varied roles carried by social workers through: a public-facing marketing campaign; fostering positive working relationships with decision-makers in government; and, developing and distributing materials to support the promotion within the profession itself during Social Work Week.
- Monitoring and responding to government legislation, regulations, policies and programs as well as organizational practices that directly or indirectly impinges on the profession's scope of practice.
- Proactively promoting the inclusion of social workers related to emerging areas of practice/roles.
- Promoting research that builds evidence to demonstrate the value of social work interventions.