The Manitoba Institute of Registered Social Workers (MIRSW) is pleased to announce the Proclamation of The Social Work Profession Act (SWPA) on November 5, 2014. This important legislative milestone signifies a noteworthy change for the Social Work profession in Manitoba – the creation of the Manitoba College of Social Workers, which will begin operation on April 1, 2015.
The mandate of the College will be to regulate and govern the professional conduct and discipline of its social work members, students and professional corporations, consistent with the principles of self-regulation and the public interest. This will include the establishment of a public complaints and enquiry process similar to that currently used by MIRSW.
Under The Social Work Profession Act, only those people who hold a current certificate of practice with the College of Social Workers will be entitled to represent themselves as a practicing social worker or use the designation of ‘social worker’ or ‘registered social worker’.
Other fundamental functions of the College will be to promote an increase in the professional knowledge, skill and proficiency of its members as social workers, to promote and foster in the public a greater awareness of the importance of social work and to generally advance the professional interests of its members. As part of these responsibilities, the College will maintain a Social Work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Social Workers, as well as establish a Continuing Competence program for its members.
MIRSW has been committed to excellence in the Social Work profession in the province since its inception in 1966. The organization has voluntarily regulated Registered Social Workers in Manitoba for 48 years and is eager to expand its functions as the Manitoba College of Social Workers in April 2015.