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




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

Ms Elaine Loo
Director, Service Strategy & Innovation,
Service Planning and Funding Group
Capability Funding, Sector Capability and Transformation Group
National Council of Social Service    

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

Mr Mohd Ali Bin Mahmood
Social Work Consultant
BroMohd - The Practice  
A/P Teo Poh Leng
Head, Bachelor of Social Work Programme
S R Nathan School of Human Development
Singapore University of Social Sciences     

Ms Bridget Monica Das
Head, Psychosocial Services
Ren Ci Hospital
Ms Tabitha Ong
Director, Adult Protective Service
Rehabilitation and Protection Group
Ministry of Social and Family Development

Dr Sylvia Mun
Deputy Director
KK Women's and Children's Hospital    
Mr Lee Seng Meng
Executive Director
SHINE Children & Youth Services

Ms Katherine Baptist
Freelance Trainer
Ms Lilian Mark
Senior Principal Medical Social Worker
Institute of Mental Health          

Ms Chow Choy Yin
Chief Executive Officer
Trans Family Services
Dr Vincent Ng
Chief Executive Officer
Allkin Singapore Ltd


Functions of the Accreditation Secretariat

The functions of the Secretariat are to:

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


Members of the Accreditation Secretariat

Head: Mr Simon-Peter Lum
Senior Executive: Ms Sharon Song
Senior Executive: Ms Pearlyn Lee
Administrative Executive: Ms Kamaljeet Kaur


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

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