The Taiwan Association of Social Workers (TASW) is a membership organization of professional social workers in Taiwan, with nearly 1100 individual members and 100 group members. It was established on March 26, 1989. TASW unifies the power of all social workers in Taiwan to enhance the professional development, to promote the communication among education, administration, and practice, as well as to provide chances for the exchange of knowledge and experiences within different fields of practice.
In the past 15 years, TASW has accomplished the following achievements: to advocate for the passage of Social Work Legislation, to set up the professional licensing system, to develop the code of ethics, and to promote the application of new technology to the social work profession.
To improve the qualities of social work services and to develop the social work profession in Taiwan.
- To develop and administer cutting edge continuing education programs for members.
- To establish the professional licensing system, and to assist the social welfare agencies with the employment of social workers.
- To develop the code of ethics to serve as a guide to professional conduct of social workers.
- To conduct related researches and collect important data to enhance the development of the profession.
- To arrange exchange programs to enhance the relationships with international social work professional organizations.
- To support the education and advertising programs that can raise the visibility of social work and enhance public respect for the profession.
- To promote the coordination of different specialties of practice and to enhance the localism of this profession.
- To advocate the professional status and welfare of social workers.
- To establish the criteria of professional services and a sound supervision system.
- To participate actively in the development, planning, and implementation of social policies.
- To serve members with any other issues in accordance with the missions of TASW.
- The passage of Social Worker Legislation, such as holding many hearings prior to the passage of the Legislation and the license examinations.
- The development of social work as a profession by administering various seminars and symposiums to discuss related issues.
- Educational programs for members, such as the professional trainings for workers in the specialties of child welfare, family violence, women, elderly, community, and etc.
- Researches related to social work profession, such as “the development and planning of a training program for child protective workers”; “a comparison of the development of social work profession among various countries”, and “a national survey on the needs and barriers of hiring professional social workers”.
- Membership Coordinating Committee
(1) To develop strategies for recruitment and improving communication among members;
(2) To recommend new services and products to protect members’rights.
- Advocacy Committee
(1) To engage in social work related issues and legislations;
(2) To work in partnership to leverage resources;
(3) To forge alliances with other public and private organizations for the advancement of social work profession.
- Education and Training Committee
(1) To identify the needs of social workers;
(2) To establish the agenda for TASW trainings and educational programs to improve the professional development.
- International Affair Committee
(1) To enhance the interactions among TASW and any other international organizations;
(2) To participate in cross-national activities.