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.


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 16 members as follows:



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




Ms Tan Sze Wee
President, Singapore Association of Social Workers 

Executive Director, Rainbow Centre

Ms Long Chey May 
Group Chief Patient Officer 
National University Health System

A/P Esther Goh

Head, Social Work Department

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

Ms Morene Sim 

inlingua School of Languages

Member of the Probation Committee, Juvenile Probation Case Committee and Panel of Advisers

Prof Seng Boon Kheng

Head, Social Work Programmes

S R Nathan School of Human Development

Singapore University of Social Services

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

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

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

Dr Teo Poh Leng 

Associate Professor, Social Work Programme 

S R Nathan School of Human Development 

Singapore University of Social Sciences 

Ms Bridget Monica Das

Head, Psychosocial Sciences 

Ren Ci Hospital 

Ms Tabitha Ong

Director of Adult Protective Service 

Rehabilitation and Protection Group

Ministry of Social and Family Development 

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