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Update on the Review of the AASW Practice Standards - June 2022

Following the release of the DRAFT of the updated AASW Practice Standards, members and stakeholders were encouraged to review the draft and had an opportunity to provide feedback. Feedback has now closed. Feedback from members and stakeholders was received and is currently being reviewed by the Review Lead. The Review Lead will where relevant, incorporate the feedback and suggestions in the draft Practice Standards with the aim to submit a final version for AASW Board Approval.

The AASW has also released a summary of the finding of the member survey that was conducted in August 2021.

Update on the Review of the AASW Practice Standards - April 2022

The AASW is pleased to release the DRAFT of the updated AASW Practice Standards. This draft has been developed over the last year following an extensive consultation process that included:

  • External and Internal Reference Group meetings
  • Literature review
  • Member survey (800 responses)
  • Consideration and analysis of written submission of members and stakeholders
  • Interviews and focus groups

We have also prepared a Poster Version which can be accessed here.

Members and stakeholders are encouraged to review this draft and have an opportunity to provide feedback. Feedback is sought by responding to the following questions:

  • Is there anything in this draft version that required a significant change?
  • Is there anything significant missing in this draft version?

Written feedback can be directed to education@aasw.asn.au by 16 May 2022.

Update on the Review of the AASW Practice Standards - February 2022

The AASW commenced in 2021 the review of the AASW Practice Standards 2013. The AASW appreciates the need for the revised Standards to be widely accepted and supported by AASW Members, social workers and a wide range of stakeholders. The updated AASW Practice Standards will identify the minimum requirements of social workers in Australia considered acceptable by the AASW for effective, professional and accountable social work practice. They describe how social workers apply their professional knowledge, understandings and skills to ensure service users and clients experience a level of quality that results in the best possible processes and outcomes. The Standards are intended to be relevant to all social workers, irrespective of practice, context, or years of experience.

Throughout 2021 we have conducted the Practice Standards Member Survey. We received more than 800 responses. Members have also submitted more detailed web forms via a notice board. In addition, a literature review, focus groups and reference groups meetings were conducted. Phillips KPA and Principal Associate Dr Craig McInnis is leading the review process with advice from a Review Reference Group and the AASW. We are currently working on a DRAFT version of the updated Practice Standard. We will share this version as soon as possible for further feedback and consultation with the aim to finalise the updated Practice Standards in mid- 2022.

Review of the AASW Practice Standards 2013

The AASW has commenced a review of the AASW Practice Standards 2013. Phillips KPA and Principal Associate Dr Craig McInnis will lead the process with advice from a Review Reference Group and the AASW. The AASW appreciates the need for the revised Standards to be widely accepted and supported by AASW Members, social workers and a wide range of stakeholders.

The review process is expected to provide an updated and contemporary set of standards while ensuring that the core values and components of the Standards are systematically addressed. It should encourage a forward-looking perspective, advance the future standing of the profession, and clearly differentiate social work from other professions

We are conducting a comprehensive consultation process via:

  • an online survey of members (completed)
  • an online forum
  • interviews and focus groups.
  • a notice board.

AASW invites members and stakeholders to contribute to the Review at the AASW Noticeboard Please refer to the Consultation Paper and consultation questions.

For any further questions about the review please email: education@aasw.asn.au

Practice Standards 2013

The AASW Practice Standards 2013 were launched in June 2013 following a substantial review.

The Standards outline the practice expectations of all social workers. They are designed to guide social workers to ensure they fulfil their professional practice responsibilities.

The Practice Standards 2013 sit alongside the Code of Ethics 2010 (the Code) as an additional practice guide for members, employers and others.

The Ethics Consultation Service has been renamed the Ethics and Practice Standards Consultation Service and for the first time will expand to include consultation around the implementation and interpretation of the Practice Standards 2013 to guide practice, as the Code is currently used to guide ethical decision making and ethical practice.

Click here to download the Practice Standards 2013

The review process

For further information about the review process including consultation phases, incorporation of feedback and development of the Practice Standards 2013 framework please click here.

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