Social Work Oversight in B.C. – Current State
Currently, all registered social workers in B.C. are overseen by the British Columbia College of Social Workers (College). The Social Workers Act (SWA) sets out the College’s responsibilities and powers. For example, under the SWA the College must (1) serve and protect the public, and (2) act in the public interest.
Anyone who calls themselves a social worker must register with the College unless they are exempt under the Social Workers Regulation (SWR). The SWR exempts social workers employed by provincial and federal governments; municipalities, regional districts and boards of education; First Nations; MCFD and Indigenous Child and Family Service Agencies (ICFS Agencies); and post-secondary institutions.