Many social work boards are required to undergo periodic legislative reviews. This process is often referred to as a sunset review and is aimed at ensuring that regulatory structures remain effective and efficient. They may also be required for the further continuation of social work statutes and regulations.
This document is intended to give social work regulatory boards an overview of sunset and other potentially damaging legislative occurrences.
Preparing for sunset review? Request a board consultation from ASWB.
In 2019, ASWB’s education meeting focused on building partnerships with legislators to strengthen public protection. RisingAboveTheWaves.org contains session summaries, downloadable tools, and short videos from that meeting.
- Professional Social Work Regulation
Explains the importance of public protection through social work regulation
- Elimination of social work licensing exemptions
Explains the importance of eliminating exemptions in social work licensing laws
- Bibliometrics: A Means of Visualizing Occupational Licensure Scholarship
Overview of research about occupational licensing was published in the Journal of Nursing Regulation; payment or subscription required.
ASWB subscribes to U.S. state-based research services to monitor and track proposed regulatory and legislative changes that can affect social work professional regulation. The information is provided as a service to ASWB members and stakeholders. ASWB has selected topics for tracking from state and federal regulatory and legislative proposals received in the current sessions.
The ASWB Model Social Work Practice Act reflects best practices in social work regulation.