M.A.S.W. started in late 1992, when a Steering Committee was established with the aim of setting up an association to defend the interests of the social work profession and social workers. The Committee moved the process towards the approval of the first statute of the Association in July 1993. Subsequent to this, the Association was formed and it was officially launched in January 1994.
Since its inception, the aim of the Association was to promote and enhance the quality of social work practice in Malta and to be the voice of social workers as they strive for social justice, and for the implementation of social services and policies which enhance the lives and protect the most vulnerable members of society.