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Public Protection


Under the NBASW Act, the primary role of the NBASW as a regulatory body is the protection of the public. The NBASW fulfills this role in a number of ways.

  1. The NBASW has a Code of Ethics  that governs the practice of social work in this province. All social workers are expected to abide by the Code in their daily practice. 
  2. The NBASW is constantly developing Standards of Practice  and guidelines for use by its members. These Standards lay out the specific minimum requirements for social workers practicing in diverse fields, and are reviewed and updated periodically to reflect current best practices.
  3. The NBASW has a Continuing Education program that all social workers are expected to participate in. This program establishes the necessary minimum requirements needed to maintain current practice knowledge and skills.

As a result of the mandatory registration requirements in the NBASW Act 1988, all social workers practicing in New Brunswick must be registered.