The College’s mandate is to protect the public from unqualified, incompetent and unfit practitioners. One of the ways the College fulfills this mandate is to consider and investigate complaints made by the public regarding the alleged conduct of College members.READ MORE "%s"
FAQ: The College’s Complaints Process
What’s involved in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers’ complaints process and how long does it typically take? As part of its duty to serve and protect the public interest, the College is required to have a formal complaints process, which gives members of the public the ability to have their complaint about a member’s alleged conduct or actions submitted to the College’s Complaints Committee.READ MORE "%s"
FAQ: Cross-Jurisdictional Practice
Are social workers and social service workers permitted to provide services to clients who live temporarily in Ontario? College members are permitted to practise with clients who currently live in Ontario, regardless of whether the client is in Ontario on a temporary or permanent basis.READ MORE "%s"
WHY DOES THE COLLEGE HAVE A SUPPORT PERSON PROGRAM?
Why does the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers have a Support Person Program? The College’s ongoing […]READ MORE "%s"
What Members Need to Know: COVID-19
The College continues to monitor the ongoing developments related to COVID-19 and is committed to providing College members and other stakeholders with ongoing updates and information. While the College’s physical office remains closed, we have resumed many regulatory operations remotely.READ MORE "%s"
Q&A: The Missing Persons Act
The purpose of the new law is to assist police in locating a missing person where no criminal investigation is underway. Under the new law, once a client is established to be a missing person, police officers are able to request information contained in client records with an urgent demand, an order for the production of records or a search warrant.READ MORE "%s"
Q&A: Why Does the College Publish Discipline Decisions?
As the regulator of social workers and social service workers in Ontario, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social […]READ MORE "%s"
Did You Know? The Legislation that Established the College
The College was established when the Government of Ontario proclaimed the Social Work and Social Service Work Act (SWSSWA) on […]READ MORE "%s"
I recently changed my name. Do I have to notify the College?
Yes. If you are changing your name, you must advise the College of both your former name(s) and your new […]READ MORE "%s"
Are registered social workers able to complete supporting assessments for clients seeking gender confirming surgery?READ MORE "%s"
Q&A: Can Field Education Be Used Towards the Completion of My Continuing Competence Program?
I am an OCSWSSW member who regularly provides field education to social work/social service work students as part of my […]READ MORE "%s"
Q&A: Can I Call Myself a “Psychotherapist”?
I am a member of the OCSWSSW who provides psychotherapy services as part of my practice. Can I call myself […]READ MORE "%s"