Тhe Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers was established in October 1962 and was incorporated under the Societies Act on December 1, 1962. The purpose in forming the association was to provide the two existing branches in the province with a means for working together to accomplish the aims and objectives of the profession of social work in the province as a whole. Also, it was seen as an effective means of improving communication between these two small organizations and CASW. Thus, SASW became an organizational member of CASW, adopted its Code of Ethics, and provided a representative to the National Board of CASW.
Statistics for 1963 indicated an active membership of 83 distributed among four branches (Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, and Regina). Today, SASW has over 1700 registered social workers and a number of branches/interest groups.
SASW is a member-based organization that governs the profession of social work and serves and protects the public interest through:
- regulation of the social work profession
- support to competent and ethical social work practice;
- promotion of the profession; and,
- advocacy for social justice and well-being for all.
SASW aspires to a Saskatchewan where:
- social policies reflect the values and principles of social justice
- all social work practiced in the province is accountable through regulation
- all social workers are supported in their practice
- the profession is regarded by the public as an important contributor to human and social well-being.
Values and Principles Statement
SASW, representing social workers in Saskatchewan, is guided by the following values and principles.
- every individual has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
- diversity and inclusiveness are valued and pursued.
- the policies and actions of SASW are consistent with its Mission and Vision, the CASW Code of Ethics (2005), The Social Workers Act, and its By-Laws and Standards of Practice.
- SASW has the responsibility to hold its members accountable to the CASW Code of Ethics (2005) through its regulatory role.
- SASW values and pursues the promotion of social justice through its members across society generally and also in relation to the individuals with whom we work.
- SASW engages in and promotes diverse approaches to collective advocacy.
Leadership and Accountability
- SASW offers responsible and responsive leadership.
- SASW is guided by a strategic plan and values the achievement of measurable outcomes.
- SASW addresses issues and conducts activities in a timely and efficient manner.
- SASW is fiscally responsible in its operations.
- SASW is accountable to the public and the membership.
- council, staff and others acting on behalf of SASW are credible and knowledgeable.