This webpage has been established to provide members with up-to-date information regarding the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check frequently for updates.
Social workers play a key role in providing ongoing and crisis-based social work services during this time due to the increased need for services related to health, mental health, basic need fulfilment, employment and income support planning, safety planning for vulnerable children and families, advocacy and the dissemination of accurate information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The College acknowledges social workers on the frontlines providing these critical services to the public and those developing and managing programs and policies to respond to this pandemic.
Governments at all levels are strongly encouraging the use of widespread physical distancing. The safety of social workers, their clients and the public is of utmost importance. Where possible, the College encourages social workers to continue to provide electronic social work services (see Electronic Social Work Practice section on this page) in keeping with the recommendations of Manitoba Health.
April 30, 2020 Update
In accordance with Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery, the Government of Manitoba has introduced a plan to gradually and safely restore services across the province. While public health orders and critical health measures remain in place, effective May 4, 2020, social workers are no longer limited to providing urgent/emergent face-to-face care or electronic social work services. If providing in-person services, social workers must adhere to specific requirements and guidelines, including ongoing physical distancing, as outlined on the Government of Manitoba website.
As we move towards slowly restoring safe services, the College strongly recommends members take a safe and cautious approach in the early stages of this unprecedented pandemic. Social workers who have been able to provide remote social work services are encouraged to continue in this manner and use virtual means of communication, where feasible.
For information regarding COVID-19 responses and recommendations, please review the following websites: