Terminology Notice: Throughout the OCSWSSW’s website and documents, the term “member” and “registrant” are used interchangeably and synonymously as equivalent to the term “member” as used in the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998, and the Regulations.
The mandate of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is to protect the public interest. As regulated professionals, College members are required to maintain professional boundaries at all times. Sexual contact between College members and clients erodes the public’s trust in the profession and is strictly forbidden.
It does not matter if a client expressed consent or “agreed” to sexual contact. Any form of sexual abuse between a client and College member is an extremely serious form of professional misconduct that can result in penalties up to and including the loss of registration with the College.