Dear Joshua and all our Social Workers,
Thank you for the feedback and encouraging compliments on the work NASWU is doing. The Association needs members like you to take it to the next level. While the Secretariat will provide you with some of the documents and information that you have asked for, I wish to briefly respond to some of the questions you raised as follows:
Membership profiling. It is a good suggestion and will be considered in our next planning meeting. Currently, we have data base of close to one thousand registered members, which we keep on updating. As voluntary Association, we have been reaching our Social Workers through “snow balling” and mass media. I like the suggestions to document, not only the numbers but those practicing Social work and whether their salary scale are competitive. This way, I hope we can make that sill doubting to know that Social Work is a credible and well-paying profession.
Social Work Legislation in Uganda. You are on spot on this. NASWU has made significant strides towards that direction. We commissioned a study and developed an issue paper that is currently with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. We have also drafted an accompanying cabinet memo to be presented to the cabinet after the senior management team of MGLSD approves our issue paper. We are lobbying aggressively for the issue paper to be discussed at the ministry and be submitted to the cabinet. In fact the recent National Social Work events of 13th and 15th March 2016 were carried out with that in mind. As part of the lobby, we included certain clauses in the children’s Statute that is being reviewed by the parliament, and presented it to the standing committee in parliament. When the Social Work bill is passed in the parliament, the law will gazette the profession and only registered members will be allowed to practice. This will provide for enforcement of the code of conduct, which at moment is dormant, and left to sense of appeal to each member.
Professional Publications and sharing of information. One of the key ‘call to action’ during the Social Work dinner is to have regular membership update meetings. We are still working on the modalities of organizing this, with a view of also including members who are out of Kampala. We shall strengthen out districts/regional contacts forthe purpose of reaching all the Social workers. I count on you to be our ambassador in that region. NASWU will work with the Association of the Schools of Social Workers of Uganda to promote quality learning and curriculum. Dr. Janestic of Makerere University Social Work is our contact and we plan to convene a meeting for the dons and you will be welcome to participate.
Once again, thank you.
Best Regards and keep up!
NASWU – President