Kerala Association of Professional Social Workers (KAPS) is the registered professional organization for the Social Workers in Kerala formed on 09 Dec 2012. KAPS has been registered as a society under the
Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. The formation of KAPS has fulfilled the dream of many veteran Social Workers to unite their voices to deal with issues of professional interests. The association is formed with the purpose of promoting the quality and effectiveness of social work practices in Kerala. This Association will be the common platform for all professionally trained social workers in Kerala. KAPS also intent to take up continuing education programmes for the practicing professionalsKAPS is promoted by the Association of Schools of Social Work in Kerala (ASSK), a registered body of all the schools and departments of social work in Kerala and has the support of professional social workers in PROSA (the association of professional social work educators in Higher Secondry), Social Workers working as Consellors in schools, Kudumbasree, NRHM etc.
To promote activities appropriate for strengthening and unifying the social work profession as a whole;
To increase awareness about social work profession at various levels and to enhance the public and professional recognition and identity of social work;
To represent and advocate for programmes and policies to meet the needs of social work fraternity and its various clientele groups
To contribute to the development of social work knowledge and research and review the education standards for social workers;
To advocate for the pursuit of social justice and changes to social structures and policies in order to promote social inclusion and redress social disadvantage;
To promote and facilitate members’ professional development and life-long learning;