The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) continues to take its cues from government and public health authorities and to monitor closely how these ongoing developments may impact members and other stakeholders.
The Ontario Government recently announced the development of an updated COVID-19 Response Framework. The Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework provides a gradual approach to public health safety while avoiding province-wide closures.
In light of these considerations, the College strongly advises members to continue, wherever reasonably possible, to provide services by electronic means.
Members should ensure that they are up-to-date with respect to information and guidance from government and public health authorities and familiar with previous College communications regarding:
- safety and infection control measures;
- considerations for members regarding in-person practice; and
- key considerations for members in private practice.
The College continues to provide practice support to members in light of the pandemic and reminds members to visit the College’s centralized webpage for all things related to COVID-19, including College resources, links to government and public authorities, and eBulletins which have been sent to members and other stakeholders.
Keep well and stay safe.
Lise Betteridge, MSW, RSW
Registrar and CEO