The New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (NBASW) is an organization representing more than 1,900 social workers provincially. Its role is the promotion of excellence in social work practice and protection of the public.

The NBASW’s regulatory authority is legislated by the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers Act, 1988. The Association is also governed by its bylaws. The Association promotes quality professional social work services to the population of New Brunswick.

The NBASW works to promote the profession of social work through education to members and the public, as well as through advocacy and social action initiatives. As the voice of professional social workers in New Brunswick, the Association strives to advance the interests of the profession and provide support to members. 

The Association’s mandates include:

The protection of the public by ensuring that all persons who: practice social work; use the title “social worker” or “registered social worker”; advertise, hold out to be; or act in such a manner as to lead to the belief that they are a social worker; are registered with the Association.

Establishing and enforcing high standards of qualification, knowledge and skill to practice social work; investigating complaints against its members; promoting the role of social work in the public realm; and working for social justice and social change.

The NBASW is a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), and the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators.