Advocacy for Social Work Legislation
We advocate for the establishment of a Social Work Professionals’ Council to regulate the conduct and assure quality in the training and practice of Social Work and Social welfare professionals, through legislative means to have a law passed with support from the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Developement. Key milestones: production of the issues paper, a draft cabinet memorandum to MGLSD and an attendant advocacy and communication plan.
Strengthening Community Structures to Support OVCs
In partnership with donors, the Association conducts activities aimed at supporting the ongoing efforts of the MGLSD in strengthening and sustaining the work of Community Structures (PSWs). PSW play a critical role in the delivery of the critical social welfare services to vulnerable children. We continue to work with Government in our on –going efforts to mainstream PSW in the Local Government structure.
Strengthening Child Protection Systems
We work with Ministry of Gender labour and Social Development and Development Partners to strengthen the role of the social work profession in child protection and practice Standards definition for child protection human resource. We work with National Child Protection Working Group to provide technical guidance, oversight, coordination and monitoring of key child protection responses and initiatives in the country.
We run a tripartite mentorship and placement programme involving, Training Institutions and social development agencies. Social work students and graduates are mentored and supervised by host institutions, NASWU, and the teaching institutions. We ensure that all the participants in the programme are well oriented and guided in social work practice.
Capacity Building for Medical Social Workers
With support from our donors, we continue to work with government and non-government health facilities to further develop the capacities of Medical Social workers and ensure quality in service delivery built on the social work code of conduct.
Strengthening National Social Welfare Policies
The Association strongly advocates and participate in high-level policy forum aimed at developing policies that shape the social welfare and social development of Uganda.
Partnerships and Collaboration
The National Association of Social Workers of Uganda continues to network and collaborate with different national and international institutions to further its vision and mission. We forge Memorandums of Understanding with the government and other partners.
Promoting Social Work Practice
We administer training workshops in response to member requests. In addition to the workshops, NASWU also organizes quarterly breakfast meetings, annual Social work practitioner’s dialogues and undertakes projects to build the capacity of its members to provide quality services and responses to Social issues.
Dream a Difference
We run a global creative writing program to introduce creative strategies for play and imagination that will nature children’s agency and awareness of their right to lead a fulfilled life. The project nurtures talent, awareness of social justice and human rights and supports grief counseling among refugee children aged 8-16 years old.
Service training on Practice Oriented Child Protection Certificate Course
NASWU provides training to its members who are in a range of child centered organizations. The selection criterion is always very transparent. In line with Makerere University Department of Social Work and Social Administration, the tailor-made hands-on training is intended to benefit professionals working in child protection systems in Uganda. The course aims to enhance the capacity to build a functional protective environment for children in their respective work areas and districts.