College Update: From “Member” to “Registrant”

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is gradually moving towards using the term “registrant” – rather than “member” – when referring to individuals registered with the College. The decision to use the term “registrant” was made by the College Council as a result of the College’s governance review process and underscores the College’s role as a regulator rather than an association. The governance review process The College is committed…

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Before You Hire, Check the Online Register

Are you an employer who is in the process of hiring a social worker or social service worker? If you are, please remember to check the College’s Online Register! The College maintains an Online Register of social workers and social service workers as part of its public protection mandate. This easy-to-use tool contains information regarding a registrant’s registration status, discipline history – if any – and employer contact information. An employer’s role As an employer,…

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Online Applications Now Available to Additional Practitioners

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to announce that online applications are now available to additional practitioners, including those applying through the equivalency stream and those who were previously registered with the College. This will streamline the application process and allow for additional practitioners to register with the College more easily. The equivalency stream is available to those who do not have a degree in social work…

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Practice Notes: Termination – Managing Clients and Moving Forward

Download the PDF Practice Notes is an educational tool designed to help Ontario social workers, social service workers, employers and members of the public gain a better understanding of recurring issues dealt with by the Professional Practice Department and the Complaints Committee that may affect everyday practice. The notes offer general guidance only and College members with specific practice inquiries should consult the College, since the relevant standards and appropriate course of action will vary…

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Top 4 Highlights from the College’s Employer Outreach Campaign

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is making strides with its employer outreach campaign. Launched in 2017, the employer outreach campaign informs employers of social workers and social service workers of the importance of College registration and the value of hiring registered members of the College. The campaign was and continues to be multi-faceted, involving digital advertising, virtual and in-person outreach, a quarterly publication and an interactive quiz, among other initiatives.…

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Did You Know? Unregulated Practitioners in Ontario

Is your employee registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers? Do they refer to themselves as a “social worker” or “social service worker”? In Ontario, only individuals registered with the College are permitted to use the protected titles “social worker,” “registered social worker,” “social service worker” and “registered social service worker,” their short forms or French equivalents. Those who use the protected titles illegally or misrepresent themselves as a social…

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What Employers Need to Know About the Administration of Naloxone

The College has developed frequently asked questions to support social workers and social service workers who may need to provide life-saving care by administering Naloxone to their clients. Any individual, including a social worker or a social service worker, can administer Naloxone during a life-threatening emergency due to an opioid overdose. As an employer of social workers and/or social service workers, you should be up to date with the information and guidance around the administration…

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Can Employers Post Jobs on the College Website?

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers regularly receives emails from employers asking about posting job advertisements and other promotions on the College website. As the provincial regulator of social workers and social service workers, the College ensures its communications to members – whether through its website, email list serv or social media – reflect its regulatory mandate and pertain to regulatory updates and information about College activities and initiatives. As such,…

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Employer Resources

Employers play an important role in helping the College fulfill its mandate of public protection. Click on the resources for employers of social workers and social service workers below to learn more. Code of Ethics and Standards of PracticePrivacy ToolkitThe Online RegisterMandatory Reports Continuing Competence Program (CCP)Information for EmployersEmployer QuizPerspective Newsletter For more resources, please visit the College’s new Resource Room

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College Update: Eventual Implementation of Entry-to-Practice Exams

On September 10, 2021, College Council passed a motion to approve entry-to-practice exams for social work and social service work applicants to the College. Once implemented in 2027, all applicants will be required to complete the exam successfully as part of the College’s registration requirements. Entry-to-practice exams are an additional tool that help measure applicants’ readiness to practise, ensuring that only those with specific qualifications are eligible for registration. The development and implementation of the…

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Don’t Miss Out! 2022 Annual Meeting and Education Day

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is happy to announce that it will be holding its virtual Annual Meeting & Education Day (AMED) on Friday, June 10, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. AMED is part of the Glenda McDonald Educational Series. Employers are encouraged to share this great educational opportunity with their social work and social service work staff members. College members can use their attendance at this…

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FAQ: What Titles Can OCSWSSW Members Use?

In Ontario, only the following protected titles and designations, their abbreviations and French equivalents can be used by, or in reference to, people registered with the College: Social worker (« travailleuse/travailleur social(e) »)Registered social worker (« travailleuse/travailleur social(e) inscrit(e)»)Social service worker (« technicienne/technicien en travail social »)Registered social service worker (« technicienne/technicien en travail social inscrit(e) ») What titles cannot be used by or in reference to College members? The Registration Regulation O. Reg. 383/00…

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