Professional self-regulation enables government to delegate authority over the practice of a profession and the services provided to the members of that profession.

Professional regulation provides the public with the reasonable expectation that those individuals representing themselves as Social Workers have the specialized knowledge and skills required for entry to practice.

Like other professional bodies, the Manitoba College of Social Workers defines the requirements and qualifications needed to practice as a Social Worker in Manitoba. Therefore, it is the Social Work profession itself that determines the scope of Social Work practice. The College establishes accountability and public confidence through members’ adherence to the Manitoba College of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

The College has the responsibility to evaluate the conduct of its members in response to public complaints.