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AASW calls for registration of all social workers, leading up to SA state election

Published: 28 February 2018

The Australian Association of Social Workers is hosting a social justice election forum in Adelaide at the University of South Australia next Monday, leading up to the state election to be held on 17 March.

Representatives from the Labor Party, Liberal Party, the Greens, and the Dignity Party have been confirmed.

AASW SA Branch President Mary Hood said, “Two South Australian Coroner’s reports, a Parliamentary Committee, a Children in State Care Commission and a Child Protection Review Report have all recommended the legal registration of social work as a profession. We are asking all parties in South Australia to lead the way and commit to a registration scheme of social workers, to ensure public confidence in the qualifications and professional standards in all those who use the title ‘social worker’.

“As these reports have highlighted, this is a major public safety issue. Social workers work in complex fields with very vulnerable people, including, but not limited to, child protection.

“We need to ensure they have the best support available, and we need that support to be accountable to a code of ethics and complaints board. Registration provides this, and in doing so public confidence.

“This call will be emphasised at the Social Justice Forum at which social workers from around the state will be asking for support for Aboriginal communities, child wellbeing, mental health, family violence, justice, disability, housing and homelessness.”

Please read our full SA election policy statement here.

The forum will be held on Wednesday 5 March at 5.30pm at UniSA City West Campus BH 3-12. All South Australian social workers should attend.

You can register at the AASW website.

Confirmed panellists:

  • Tammy Franks MLC The Greens
  • Kelly Vincent MLC Dignity Party
  • Katrine Hildyard MP Labor Party
  • Michelle Lensink MLC Liberal Party

Media contact
Deb Davies
AASW SA Branch Manager
M 0403 781 784

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers