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The Singapore Association of Social Workers is a professional body of Social Workers residing and working in Singapore. Established in 1971, it is the national professional association that represents Social Workers in Singapore.

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Interested in advancing Social Work as a profession and fostering high standards of Social Work in the country? Come and join the association as a member and participate in our activities to help to promote Social Work and social welfare on a national and international level.

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Outstanding Social Worker Award 2016

The Outstanding Social Worker Award (OSWA) started in 1998. Organised by the Singapore Association of Social Workers, it is supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. The awards are presented annually by the President of the Republic of Singapore at the Istana, followed by a Tea Reception hosted by the President for social workers in appreciation of the contributions of the profession to the society. OSWA 2016 will take place on 8 November 2016, 4pm, at the Istana.


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8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (ICSW 2016)

ICSW 2016 took place from 19th – 23rd June 2016. The Conference was a great success with 846 delegates. About 70% were from Singapore and the rest from 30 other countries. There were 54 speakers. We also exceed our target by having a total of 329 oral abstracts and 70 posters presented during the 5-day conference. The conference was officially opened by Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong.


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SWAAB Supervision Guidelines Focus Group Discussions (Aug – Sept 2016)

The Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board (SWAAB) has appointed a workgroup to look into the development of social work supervision guidelines in Singapore. The Workgroup comprises social workers with keen interest in social work supervision from the academia, government settings, medical social work settings and community-based agencies. The Workgroup has completed the first draft of the Social Work Supervision Guidelines and will be conducting focus group discussions (FGDs) to get feedback and inputs from the field.


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Social Work Induction Camp 2016

SASW will be holding the 5th biennial Social Work Induction Camp (SWIC) for social work students on 23 to 24 July 2016. The theme of SWIC 2016 will be aligned to that of Social Workers’ Day 2016, which was “Honouring Diversity”. As such, SWIC 2016 will be titled: CAMP DNA (Different ‘N’ Alike).


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