The Accreditation System for Social Workers and Social Service Practitioners was launched on 1 April 2009 by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, National Council of Social Service and Singapore Association of Social Workers. The framework is owned by the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Objectives

The accreditation system was put in place to:

  • Ensure professional standards of Social Work practice;
  • Promote continuing education and training of Social Workers and Social Service Practitioners;
  • Groom leaders to guide young Social Workers and Social Service Practitioners; and
  • Improve the professional image of Social Workers and Social Service Practitioners.

Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board

 

The Accreditation System is overseen by the Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board (SWAAB) which is appointed by the Ministry. It is administered by the Accreditation Secretariat of the Singapore Association of Social Workers.


The terms of reference for the Board are to:

  1. Review the accreditation framework and the continual professional education guidelines whenever necessary
  2. Handle appeals / disciplinary / complex cases for accreditation and renewal in a fair and honourable manner and observe the confidentiality of information obtained during the course of discharging SWAAB duties
  3. Review the mechanisms needed to maintain the professional practice of social workers
  4. Provide thought and professional leadership on the development of social work and its professionals in Singapore, including policies, professionalisation, training and development and standards of practice
  5. Provide consultations and inputs to Government on issues affecting the profession and initiatives targeted at the professionalisation of social workers and social work associates

The Board comprises 14 members as follows:

 

Chairman:

Ms Ang Bee Lian
Director-General of Social Welfare
Ministry of Social and Family Development

 

Vice-Chairman:

Ms Long Chey May
President
Singapore Association of Social Workers

Group Chief Patient Officer, National University Health System

 

Members:

A/P Esther Goh
Head, Department of Social Work
National University of Singapore

 

Dr Peace Wong
Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work
National University of Singapore

 

Ms Morene Sim 
Director
inlingua School of Languages

 

Prof Seng Boon Kheng
Head, Social Work Programme
School of Human Development and Social Services
Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly known as SIM University) 

 

Ms Lilian Mark
Head, Medical Social Work
Institute of Mental Health

 

Dr Katijah Dawood
Divisional Director 
Family Services Division
Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities

 

Ms Tan Sze Wee
Executive Director
Rainbow Centre

 

Dr Vincent Ng
Chief Executive Officer
AMKFSC Community Services Ltd

 

Ms Julia Lee
Senior Director 
Social Work & Programme Development
TOUCH Community Services

 

Ms Elaine Loo
Director, Membership & Strategy Implementation 
National Council of Social Service

 

Mr Lee Seng Meng
Executive Director
SHINE Children & Youth Services

 

Mr Mohd Ali Bin Mahmood
Community Development & Social Work Consultant
BroMohd – The Practice

Functions of the Accreditation Secretariat
The functions of the Secretariat are to:
  • Process and approve straightforward applications and renewal of applications;
  • Provide secretariat support to the Board;
  • Conduct public education and promote the Accreditation System to potential applicants;
  • Maintain records of accredited social workers and social service practitioners;
  • Answer queries;
  • Update accredited members on training and other matters; and
  • Review the training matrix/CPE credits.
Members of the Accreditation Secretariat

Head: Ms Theresa Lee
Assistant Head: Ms Low Li Ming
Senior Executive, Accreditation and Programmes: Ms Sharon Song
Senior Executive, Programmes and Research: Ms Grace Teo