The Employer Communiqué is the College’s official quarterly publication for employers of social workers and social service workers.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many social work employers have shifted to providing services by electronic means. Electronic practice is the delivery of social work services by the use of electronic device (such as a computer, tablet, smartphone, landline telephone) or any electronic format (such as the Internet, social media, online chat, text, video, and email) and other electronic means.
This year, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers marked its 20-year anniversary. Since its creation, the College has experienced a lot of change – technological, regulatory and, of course, related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The College has also grown as an organization and achieved a great deal over the years, not the least of which is our evolution as a leader in the regulatory community.
As virtual services become more prevalent in all aspects of our lives, College members are using, or considering the use of, different types of communication technology in their practice. Members frequently ask the College’s Professional Practice Department about the type of communication technology and the specific platforms that they should choose when providing virtual services.
A College member may have their certificate of registration suspended for administrative, disciplinary reasons or reasons of incapacity. Such a member cannot engage in the practice of social work or social service work for as long as their certificate is suspended.
The College held a virtual Employer Roundtable on October 13, 2020. The event was attended by participants representing 10 organizations, and included a strong presence from Indigenous agencies serving Indigenous communities in the Sault Ste. Marie area.