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About Accreditation


The Accreditation System for Social Workers and Social Service Practitioners was launched on 1 April 2009 by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, National Council of Social Service and Singapore Association of Social Workers. The framework is owned by the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

The accreditation system was put in place to:

  1. ensure professional standards of Social Work practice;
  2. promote continuing education and training of Social Workers and Social Service Practitioners;
  3. uphold professional conduct and ethics; and
  4. improve the professional image of Social Workers and Social Service Practitioners.

        Quick Links for Accreditation

  1. Categories and Criteria for Accreditation
  2. Recognised Social Work Qualifications
  3. Application for Accreditation
  4. Code of Professional Ethics
  5. Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
  6. Renewal
  7. Complaints

Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board

The Accreditation System is overseen by the Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board (SWAAB) which is appointed by the Ministry. It is administered by the Accreditation Secretariat of the Singapore Association of Social Workers.

The terms of reference for the Board are to:

  1. Review the accreditation framework and the continual professional education guidelines whenever necessary
  2. Handle appeals / disciplinary / complex cases for accreditation and renewal in a fair and honourable manner and observe the confidentiality of information obtained during the course of discharging SWAAB duties
  3. Review the mechanisms needed to maintain the professional practice of social workers
  4. Provide thought and professional leadership on the development of social work and its professionals in Singapore, including policies, professionalisation, training and development and standards of practice
  5. Provide consultations and inputs to Government on issues affecting the profession and initiatives targeted at the professionalisation of social workers and social work associates
The Board comprises 14 members as follows:




Ms Ang Bee Lian
Director-General of Social Welfare
Ministry of Social and Family Development




Ms Long Chey May
Singapore Association of Social Workers

Group Chief Patient Officer, National University Health System  


A/P Esther Goh
Head, Department of Social Work
National University of Singapore

Ms Morene Sim 
inlingua School of Languages

Ms Lilian Mark
Head, Medical Social Work
Institute of Mental Health

Ms Tan Sze Wee
Executive Director
Rainbow Centre

Dr Vincent Ng
Chief Executive Officer
AMKFSC Community Services Ltd

Ms Elaine Loo
Director, Membership & Strategy Implementation 
National Council of Social Service

Dr Peace Wong
Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work
National University of Singapore

Prof Seng Boon Kheng
Head, Social Work Programme
School of Human Development and Social Services
Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly known as SIM University) 

Dr Katijah Dawood
Divisional Director 
Family Services Division
Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities

Ms Julia Lee
Senior Director 
Social Work & Programme Development
TOUCH Community Services

Mr Lee Seng Meng
Executive Director
SHINE Children & Youth Services

Mr Mohd Ali Bin Mahmood
Community Development & Social Work Consultant
BroMohd - The Practice

Functions of the Accreditation Secretariat

The functions of the Secretariat are to:

  1. process and approve straightforward applications and renewal of applications;
  2. provide secretariat support to the Board;
  3. conduct public education and promote the Accreditation System to potential applicants;
  4. maintain records of accredited social workers and social service practitioners;
  5. answer queries;
  6. update accredited members on training and other matters; and
  7. review the training matrix/CPE credits.


Members of the Accreditation Secretariat

Head: Ms Theresa Lee
Assistant Head : Ms Low Li Ming
Senior Executive, Accreditation and Programs: Ms Sharon Song
Senior Executive, Programs and Research : Ms Grace Teo


Accreditation Secretariat, SASW
Tel: (65) 6778 7922    Fax: (65) 6778 0609
Blk 324 Clementi Ave 5   #01-209
Singapore 120324

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