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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 15 members as follows:




Ms Long Chey May
Director-General of Social Welfare
Ministry of Social and Family Development




Ms Tan Sze Wee
Singapore Association of Social Workers
Executive Director
Rainbow Centre    

Prof Seng Boon Kheng
Head, Master of Social Work Programme
S R Nathan School of Human Development
Singapore University of Social Sciences 

A/P Lee Geok Ling
Head, Social Work Department
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore    

Dr Katijah Dawood
Senior Divisional Director
Family Services Division
Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities
Ms Morene Sim
inlingua School of Languages
Member of the Probation Committe,
Juvenile Probation Case Committee and Panel of Advisers    

Ms Julia Lee
Senior Director
Social Work & Programme Development
TOUCH Community Services Ltd
Ms Lilian Mark
Head, Medical Social Work
Institute of Mental Health    

Mr Lee Seng Meng
Executive Director
SHINE Children & Youth Services
Dr Vincent Ng
Chief Executive Officer
AMKFSC Community Services Ltd    

Mr Mohd Ali Bin Mahmood
Community Development & Social Work Consultant
BroMohd - The Practice
Ms Elaine Loo
Director, Service Strategy & Innovation,
Service Planning and Funding Group Capability Funding,
Sector Capability and Transformation Group
National Council of Social Service    

Ms Bridget Monica Das
Head, Psychosocial Services
Ren Ci Hospital
A/P Teo Poh Leng
Head, Bachelor of Social Work Programme
S R Nathan School of Human Development
Singapore University of Social Sciences     

Ms Tabitha Ong
Director of Adult Protective Service
Rehabilitation and Protection Group
Ministry of Social and Family Development

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 (Interim)
Senior Executive: Ms Sharon Song
Programme Executive: Ms Pearlyn Lee
Administrative Executive: Ms Kamaljeet Kaur


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

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