About Us

Let’s know about Kenya National Association of Social Workers!

Our Mandate

KNASW’s Core Mandate is to:-

  • Strengthen Professional Development
  • Promote social Transformation of Society
  • Social economic development
  • Social cohesion and mutual co-existence
  • Empowerment and liberation of the minority
  • Gender equity and Political reforms
  • Enhancing Institutional linkages and collaboration
  • Influence social policy and Environmental Conservation

Our Functions

KNASW’s primary functions include;

  • Promote the professional development and growth of its members
  • Nurture and maintain quality professional standards of practice
  • Advance, influence sound socioeconomic policy framework and practice
  • Provide empowerment opportunities and network services
  • Provide services that protect its members and enhance their professional status
  • Promote high ethical values in social work practice, training and service delivery
  • Promote research, publication, academic forums and professional linkages

Our Core Values

The KNASW seeks to uphold the following Social work Core Values

  • Service
  • Social Justice
  • Dignity and Worth of People
  • Importance of Human Relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence


What do social workers do?

The social work profession in Kenya is broad and diverse, but consistent to all practice is a commitment to human rights and social justice. Social workers work with individuals, families, groups and communities in the context of their physical, social and cultural environments; their past and current lived experiences, and their cultural and belief systems.

In all contexts, social workers maintain a dual focus on both assisting with and improving human wellbeing and identifying and addressing any external issues (known as system or structural issues) that may impact on wellbeing or may create inequality, injustice and discrimination.

Social workers may undertake roles in casework, counselling, advocacy, community engagement and development and social action to address issues at both the personal and social level. Social workers also work in areas such as policy development, education and research particularly around issues of social justice, disadvantage and the marginalisation of people in their communities or in society.

Kenya National Association of Social Workers

Kenya National Association of Social Workers (KNASW) is an umbrella organization of social workers spread around the country. KNASW was registered as a society in 1960 under the same name with the mandate of rallying social workers to come together to form a critical mass necessary to influence formulation and implementation of socio-economic policies. As KNASW registered success in this endeavor, so did the membership and subsequently its mandate. With statuary mandate addressing three critical areas of; policy influencing, advocacy and capacity building, KNASW has participated in international conferences and hosted various international summits the most recent one being the IFSW-KNASW Summit on Social Work and Leadership.

Our Vision & Mission

Our Vision

KNASW shall be:-

  • Recognized forum and voice for social workers in Kenya and beyond.
  • A body that guarantees excellence in local and national social work delivery service
  • Committed to promote education and licensing of Social work practice and influence social policy

Mission Statement

KNASW commits to:-

  • Unify the Social work professionals
  • Strengthen, support, and enhance high quality Social work practice
  • Promote the development of social work standards and Ethical Values
  • Advocate and influence social policy that advance social justice and human rights
  • Promote research, capacity building and economic empowerment

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Our Partners

Amnesty International

Commonwealth Organization of Social Workers

Public Service International




Address:  P.O. Box 53685, 

code 00200, Nairobi - Kenya

Tel No: +254-712-860-722 or


Email:  Info@kenasw.org or


Hours:      Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm