Strengthen professional social work in British Columbia

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Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups, and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues. (Canadian Association of Social Workers,

Whereas, the Ministry of Children and Family Development expanded the educational qualifications accepted for child protection social workers to include a range of academic degrees including undergraduate degrees in psychology, sociology, anthropology, and theology, and

Whereas, the inclusion of the above academic degrees weakens the profession of social work within the Ministry and fails to ensure that child protection work is conducted by those with appropriate education, knowledge, skill, values, and ethics, and

Whereas, the Ministry failed to ensure that adequate consultation with stakeholders took place prior to the implementation of the expanded educational qualifications,

Therefore, the undersigned respectfully request that the Honourable Minister immediately rescind the order to expand educational qualifications for child protection social workers.

Petition sponsors - BC Association of Social Workers, UNBC School of Social Work, VIU BSW Program, UBCO School of Social Work, UFV School of Social Work, UBC School of Social Work, NVIT BSW Program, TRU School of Social Work, UVic School of Social Work, & BC Government and Service Employees' Union