SAASWIPP seeks to promote and ensure high ethical and professional standards of practice amongst our members.

Private practitioners do not have the backing of an organisation or agency to oversee their professional decision making or to regulate the quality of their services. We are clear that whilst post graduate academic qualifications can improve practice, these are not a substitute for good practice experience. For this reason we restrict our membership to practitioners who have 5 years supervised social work practice.

When we ask for proof of supervised practice, we are looking for evidence that the applicant has received ongoing supervision in the field in which he or she plans to practice.

The NEB and membership committee does have the authority to consider special cases of applicants who do not meet these formal criteria.