Practice Standards 2023
The Australian Association of Social Workers has today published the Practice Standards 2023, which supersede the Practice Standards 2013.
The new Practice Standards reflect current practice. Read it to see how standards of social work practice have changed in 10 years.
The Practice Standards crystalise the core elements of practice for social workers and for those who use their services, including policy-makers, employers, and other professionals working in related sectors.
AASW CEO Cindy Smith said, “After a lengthy consultation and review process, the Association is proud to launch the Practice Standards 2023.
“The updated Practice Standards now directly align with the Code of Ethics 2020. This new version of the Practice Standards articulates the profession’s commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, human rights and social justice and encapsulates culture, identity and intersectionality in practice.
“We know that professional identity as a social worker is so important to our members. The new Practice Standards enable social workers to demonstrate that identity through their practice, which is articulated in this document.
“The purpose of the Practice Standards is to promote trust and confidence in the profession for the public and service users.”
The Practice Standards are available as a booklet and also in a poster format, to ensure social workers can see at a glance the nine new standards expected of them.
The AASW will be holding two information webinars on Thursday 8 June, which are repeat sessions, to explain what the new Practice Standards mean for social workers, the sector and the people social workers work with. They are repeat sessions, so you can attend one or the other. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.