UGANDA NEEDS TO INVEST IN SOCIAL WORKERS TO ATTAIN VISION 2020.

The Ugandan Parliament Principle Research officer who also doubles as the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU) immediate former President Mr. Tuhaise Charles, emphasized that it is impossible for Uganda to attain its Vision 2020 and also reach a middle income economy without increase investment in the Social Work profession. He noted that […]

HAVE YOUR SAY.

Over time many people find it a bit hard to understand who Social Workers are. As NASWU we believe that a Social Worker is a qualified professional with Social Work skills, knowledge and values which are used to facilitate the helping process so as to positively enhance social functioning of individuals, groups and communities guided […]

NASWU Mentor ship and Placement program benefiting Social Work students.

Internship is an academic requirement for every Social Work student where students are required to find an organization in which they will get opportunity to put into practice the acquired “class” knowledge. The practicum objective of is academic requirement is normally not efficiently achieved as many employees doubt the competence of the Social Work graduates […]

JOB VACANCY – @ Child’s I Foundation.

Child’s I Foundation is interested in recruiting a Social Worker for the post of Director of Programs. Appointment Vacancy Notice No: CiF/DoP/ 001 /2016 Child’s i Foundation is seeking applicants to fill the above positions at its office in Kampala. Job Description and Application Form (Download details by clicking on the links CiF Director Of Programmes […]

NASWU GETS’ NEW OFFICE PREMISES.

Starting 11th July 2016, NASWU offices will be located in Bunga – Along Ggaba Road in the outskirts of Kampala city. The NASWU secretariat offices were first hosted by the African Palliative Care Association – Uganda  in Makindye from the year 2011 to 2014 from where they were later shifted to Youth Social Workers Association (YSA) […]

THE CHILDREN’s MONTH – JUNE IS HERE.

In their tender and innocent stage of life, Children (all persons below the age of 18 years) are always reminded that the world cares about them and thus are supported to effectively participate in each and every Internationally, Regionally and Nationally recognized days most especially in this month of June where we commemorate t he […]

RESEARCH FINDINGS ON THE STATE OF SOCIAL WORK IN UGANDA.

Many Social Workers in Uganda especially fresh graduates are the most affected by the high level of unemployment in our country. Other than unemployment, the profession has continuously lost community sanction and support as a result of the unregulated Social Work education and practice. The National Association of Social Workers’ of Uganda (NASWU) commissioned a […]

NASWU PRESIDENT RESPONDS TO THE QUESTIONS ASKED.

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 […]

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THANK YOU BUT WE NEED THESE QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

APPRECIATION TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKS IN UGANDA (NASWU)

Makerere University Social Work Lecturers rest after the Social Work Walk.

I take this opportunity to thank NASWU for creating space for us to communicate and exchange social work related ideas on face book. I think that just saying thank you will never repay your kindness. First and foremost, words cannot express my feeling, nor my thanks to NASWU staff, supporters and sponsors for starting the National Association of Social Workers in Uganda. I urge fellow social workers to give back what NASWU is giving us. Do not keep quiet. At least, be verbal in acknowledging your appreciation of NASWU. Furthermore, if you like and support NASWU and give its staff and members a positive reputation to uphold, you can help them to become better than they think they are.

Now that we have platform on face book, I believe that we shall be able to share social work information, that is, questions, opinions, challenges and opportunities among others. More so, we can chat and network on social work concerns and make helpful friends. Too, we can create group discussions for uplifting social work activities or use face book for conducting short meetings. Consequently, those who have smart phones can be updated with social work updates. Consequently, the face book platform will help us to find our old friends and colleagues who we have lost contact. We can connect with them online for the purpose of standing up for social work. It is exciting to discover that on this plat form one can find fellow social workers with their names or email addresses. I, therefore, beseech NASWU staff to use it to make NASWU more popular because face book allows NASWU to target social workers and other people of specific age, location, geographic location and interests.
I kindly request NASWU to establish how many social workers are in Uganda today. To discover how many have a Diploma, a Bachelor’s Degree and a PHD in social work. How many professors do we have? For how long has the average NASWU member has practiced social work? And how much do they earn per year? It seems that up to now, there are a few or no social workers managing hospice, mental health care, gerontology, family therapy, school social work and child welfare in Uganda.

Additionally, I kindly request NASWU to help us establish some type of license or certification in social work in Uganda. Then we shall know how many social works hold advanced credentials from NASWU.
I am sure that with a strong NASWU, we can shape legislation and public policy that protects and strengthens the social work profession; promotes health, welfare and education; or in some way strengthens opportunities and social supports for individuals and families in Uganda for starters and beyond. Subsequently, we can help in protecting the public and ensure high quality social work services in communities.

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Prof. Dr. Paul Bukuluki as the Chief walker gives his speech and behind him (is in Pink) is the NASWU Vice President – Ms. Fatia Kiyange Programmes Director at African Palliative Care Association during the Social Work Walk address at Makerere University.

That noted, however, I wonder how NASWU will enforce the Social Work Code of Ethics to improve regulation of social work in Uganda without using licensing? Equally, how will NASWU regulate social work practice? I beseech NASWU to provide extensive continuing education programs, including professional development conferences and if possible to create chapters in regions of Uganda. I am a Lecturer of Social Work. I visit the website of NASWU in search of some relevant academic and general social work materials. I, therefore, kindly request NASWU Staff, to if possible, annually publish numerous scholarly reference materials, or start a bi-annual professional social work journal, I hope, in future, to hear and participate in comprehensive research abstracts and perhaps a monthly newspaper, social work practice updates, newsletters, public education materials and other tools to improve social work practice in Uganda.

In conclusion, I would like to thank all the people working with NASWU. I believe that you all are working very hard. I would like to request you to continue. NASWU is so far doing an amazing job. I definitely know how challenging it is running an NGO like NASWU and appreciate the enormous effort put in by staff and stakeholders. I look forward to seeing what comes in the future and hope I am around in this life, long enough to connect with even a small portion of what is already on offer. God bless you.

From TUMWEBAZE Joshua,

Lecturer Social Work.

UCU Bishop Barham Campus

Edited by NASWU