How Social Workers are Regulated
Social workers are regulated by a provincial law. The legislation is called the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998, and is overseen by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
As a result of the legislation, no one can use the title "social worker" unless they are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).
The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is the regulatory body for social workers in Ontario.
If someone is registered, the initials RSW (Registered Social Worker) will appear after their name.
To check that the person is an RSW, click: OCSWSSW Online Register.
Alternatively, you can contact the College via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1.877.828.9380.
Can someone be called a social worker and not be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)?
No. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves a social worker, or let people believe that they are a social worker, if they are not registered with OCSWSSW. Check the OCSWSSW Online Register to confirm the individual is a Registered Social Worker (RSW).
What If I Have a Complaint About a Social Worker?
All Registered Social Workers are subject to the OCSWSSW Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. If you have concerns about the conduct or actions of a social worker in Ontario, contact the College directly for information regarding the complaints process or visit www.ocswssw.org.