Public Member- Board Of Examiners-NS College of Social Workers

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This Board Opportunity is an appointed through the Governor in Council. Applications are to be submitted to the Agencies, Boards and Commission Department at the Government of Nova Scotia. http://novascotia.ca/exec_council/abc/adjudicative-how-to-apply.asp 

The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) is the professional association and regulatory body for the profession of social work in the Province of Nova Scotia. Its authority is legislated by the Nova Scotia Social Workers Act of 1993. 

The Board of Examiners consist of 12 members:

  • 9 social workers appointed by the Council who represent the diversity of various fields of social work practice and who reflect the sex, racial and ethnic composition of the College, one of whom is teaching at an approved school of social work;
  • 3 persons appointed by the Governor in Council who are neither social workers nor social worker candidate.

The Board of Examiners plays an essential role in the College. The public member is a volunteer on the Board that registers Social Work applicants. Public members also work as part of the Complaints and Discipline Committees and are involved with policy decisions to regulate a standard for social work practice.

SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITIES

1. Registration

  • Work with Board of Examiners and the Executive Director/Registrar to register persons to practice social work in Nova Scotia who meet the criteria for practice under the Social Worker’s Act
  • Functions as an evaluator for persons seeking to be registered as social workers or social worker candidates and social workers seeking to engage in private practice;  
  • Maintain a registry of social workers approved by the Board for registration.
  • Work with the Board of Examiners to impact policy with respect to its regulatory functions.

2. Complaints 

  • Work the Complaints committee and with the Regulatory Practice Coordinator to investigate complaints of malpractice, incompetence and/or breaches of the College’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. 

3. Discipline

  • Work with the Regulatory Practice Coordinator to Discipline members who are found guilty upon the investigation of the complaint.

KNOWLEDGE

  • A lawyer is preferred or someone who has a legal background.
  • Familiarity with administrative law.
  • An interest in the profession of social work and in participating in its accountability to the public for competent practice.

COMPETENCIES

  • An interest in the profession of social work and in participating in its accountability to the public for competent practice.
  • Previous experience as chair or member of a tribunal or other regulatory body.
  • Previous be able to bring critical thinking to the Board of Examiners to carry out its role of Agency, Board or Commission Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers.
  • Previous experience with policy-making and decision-making with respect to its regulatory functions.
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