The Malaysian Association of Social Workers (MASW) was commissioned by the Department of Social Welfare Malaysia (DSWM) to organise and facilitate the Training of Trainers (TOT) on the Professionally Accountable Practice (PAP) Model in 2005. The purpose for the TOT was to prepare trainers from the DSWM and MASW to facilitate future workshops for field and institutional care workers from DSWM and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to upgrade their social work practice. Following the TOT, MASW will conduct further workshops for DSWM and NGO social workers at State and District levels. This is in line with MASW’s and DSWM’s joint initiative to work towards establishing National Standards for Social Work Competency, which were endorsed by both organisations in 2005, and are to be presented to the Government Cabinet in 2006.

The initial grant for the workshops were disbursed by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development Malaysia. The first TOT Workshop was held between 16 – 21 January 2006 at Dynasty Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Dr. Pauline Meemeduma, who wrote the module, facilitated the training of 20 participants, with secretariat support from MASW. At the closing, the Director-General of Social Welfare Department, Malaysia, Yg Bhg Dato' Hajah Shamsiah binti Abdul Rahman, received participants' feedback on utilisation of the PAP Model in improving delivery of welfare services for the country, as well as suggestions on follow-up training and monitoring of trainers and improving future training workshops.

The module is being translated into Bahasa Malaysia before it is introduced at future training workshops for field and residential welfare workers at state and district levels


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National Competency Standards
for Social Work Practice

  1. Enhancing Social Work Professionalism
  2. Joint Statement


  • Be an active advocate for professional competencyin social work practice, education and research
  • To be a relevant forum for assessing, identifying and managing social problems
  • To be an effective resource of professional support to its members
  • To participate dynamically in networkingwith government and non-government agencies locally and internationallyin the pursuit of professional competency in all areas of social work.


  • To seek professional competency in social work practice, education and research.