The constitution revised in 2016, clearly defines the purpose, values and objectives of the association. 


The purpose of the Association is to bring together its members in order to promote its values and objectives. 



  • All individuals are entitled to be treated with respect and in a dignified manner  
  • Individuals and groups should experience no disadvantage or discrimination due to race, creed, colour, gender, status, sexuality, disability or frailty  
  • All individuals are entitled to the full rights, responsibilities, dignity and respect of citizenship and are to be encouraged to exercise them  
  • Vulnerable people are entitled to expect protection as citizens, to have their voices heard and to have the means to live purposeful and independent lives  
  • Families in their many forms, and given the economic and social support of the communities around them, are the foundations of a stable, healthy society which adapts to change  
  • Social care services must be accountable through local democracy and play their part in achieving cohesive communities inclusive of all  
  • Those who deliver social care services should be accredited as having the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills


  • To encourage  membership of the Association
  • To promote the values of the Association
  • To further comprehensive, equitable, social policies and plans which reflect and shape the economic and social environment of the time  
  • To further the interests of those who need social care services regardless of their backgrounds and status
  • To promote high standards of social care services
  • To influence legislation and policy in line with the values of the Association at local, regional, national and international level
  • To promote partnership working with people who use social care services and organisations that provide services which share the values of the Association
  • To publicise the work of the Association and to promote public understanding of social care needs and delivery, and related social policy issues
  • To advise and support individual members pursuing their professional responsibilities whilst that is compatible with the values and objectives of the Association
  • To further the professional development of the Association’s members and provide opportunities for them to share knowledge and skills
  • To foster international co-operation in accordance with the values and objectives of the Association