The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is excited to share that the revised Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice were recently approved by College Council and are now available to view on the College’s website!
REVISIONS TO THE CODE OF ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice were revised following a robust consultation process to ensure that updates reflect societal changes and the current practice landscape with a further focus on public benefit. The changes affect every registrant, regardless of area of practice.
The updates include a greater focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, as well as simplified language and clarification on some topics. The new website version of the revised Standards of Practice also includes links to relevant resources to further support registrants in their practice.
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE WEBINARS
In an eBulletin sent out on September 11, 2023, registrants were invited to attend a webinar to learn more about the revisions to the Standards of Practice
and address frequently asked questions. The webinars took place on September 21, September 27 and October 4, 2023. All three webinars were very well attended, and the positive feedback received by the College indicated they were helpful to registrants. A recorded version of the webinar is available to view on the College website.
If registrants have any questions about the revised Standards of Practice, please contact the Professional Practice Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTINUING COMPETENCE PROGRAM
As part of the College’s Continuing Competence Program (CCP), all registrants (except those holding a retired class of certificate of registration) must review the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice on an annual basis. For the 2023 CCP, registrants are required to review the recently revised Standards of Practice.