The Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISOWN) is the professional institute established for training and certification of Social work Professioners in Nigeria, duly registered and approved by the Office of Attorney General of the Federation as a legal professional Institution under CAP 59 of 1990 and Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria for the purpose of training and certification in core social work practice disciplines. Some of the approved mandates include; membership registration, training (Academic, Continuous Development and Seminars), research, consulting, publications among others.
Our definition of who Social Workers are:
Professional trained specifically in social work disciplines to build partnerships among other professionals working within the field of psychosocial intervention, caregivers and families; collaborating with the community, usually with the goal of creating supportive environments for clients or service users, advocating for adequate service, treatment models and resources; changing social policy to address issues of poverty, employment, housing and social justice; and supporting the development of preventive programmes for the less privilege. Social workers focus on early intervention, treatments, and post treatment with individuals, groups and the general public through education, advocacy and improving access to services, resources and information.
Our Training Mandate:
As Professional institution, we attract more than 300 Trainees yearly from within and outside the Country in Social work skills acquisition and capacity development programmes from different broad spectrum of Social work profession and allied disciplines.
Our Team of facilitators are seasoned and core Social work academics, researchers and active field Professionals in various field of Social work profession, which put us at the forefront of Social work Profession in training and capacity building.
Our programmes of capacity building are delivered with support and partnership with relevant National and International bodies and Social Work professionals from both the Academic and Independent Social work professional practice.
Qualification for Membership:
Membership into the Institute is by examination as it is done in any serious minded institution; our Social work Proficiency Certificate Examination is in two parts which is preceded by three to five days’ workshop depending on the mode (Direct membership or Graduate Conversion) of entry point. Successful candidates are afterwards invited to membership induction ceremony where an oath of ethical membership of the profession is taken and dully signed and stamped.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
The objectives of the Institute as approved by government of Federal Republic of Nigeria are as followings:
- To foster the knowledge and advancement in social work profession in all the six geopolitical regions of Nigeria and beyond through advocacy and publication.
- To provide information on social work issues and activities by way of publication, conference, seminars and workshops.
- To conduct research for the purpose of improving the service delivery and the general practice of social work in Nigeria.
- To liaise with similar institutions and facilitate exchange of ideas, initiatives and improve the practice of social work in Nigeria.
- To determine and review from time to time academic standard of knowledge and skills requirements for members.
- To set standard and criteria to be attained by persons interested in becoming registered member of the Institute.
- To maintain a register of members.
- OPTION 1 : Obtain the Application form for Social Work Proficiency Examination at our office or from your State Chapter Coordinators.
- OPTION 2 : Download the form, fill and submit to the address as displayed on the contact us page or via attachment to email (filled form must be scanned and attached and sent firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful completion of Stage II Proficiency examnation leading to an award of Social Work Proficiency Certificate (SWPC), the candidate shall purchase a membership application form at the rate of N7,000 (Seven Thousand Naira) only.
ISOWN Basic Role In The Community
The institute’s roles are to build partnerships among professionals, caregivers and families; collaborating with the community, usually with the goal of creating supportive environments for clients; advocating for adequate service, treatment models and resources; challenging and changing social policy to address issues of poverty, employment, housing and social justice; and supporting the development of preventive programs. Prevention occurs on many levels and includes a focus on early intervention, individual and public education, advocacy and improving access to services, resources and information.