Nov 15, 2019, 3.30 PM – 6.00 PM
The Istana, Banquet Hall
Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
Organised by the Singapore Association of Social Workers and supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, the annual Outstanding Social Worker Award (OSWA) is presented at the Istana by the President of the Republic of Singapore.
The President also hosts the tea reception for Social Workers in recognition of their contributions to the society. The Tea Reception happens after the Award Ceremony.
OSWA (Outstanding Social Worker Award) is the highest award to social workers conferred by the President of the Republic of Singapore. It aims to recognise the outstanding contributions made by dedicated social workers in Singapore. The award acknowledges their passion and professional contributions to the improvement of the social service and healthcare sectors.
PSWA (Promising Social Worker Award) was introduced in 2008. It accords recognition to social workers who are newer in the field but have nonetheless made a difference in the lives of their clients as well as the community.
Know someone who deserves this award? Nominate them here! Nominations close 2 August.
OSWA winners will receive a certificate, a Personal Development Grant of $10,000 from ExxonMobil and an additional cash grant of $1,000 from MSF. Furthermore, the winner will receive a Professional and Leadership Development Grant worth $30,000 sponsored by MSF.
The PSWA winner will receive a certificate, a Personal Development Grant of $8,000 from ExxonMobil and an additional cash grant of $1,000 from MSF. Furthermore, the winner will receive a Professional and Leadership Development Grant worth $14,000 sponsored by MSF.
ABOUT THIS VENUE:
Due to limited capacity, not all registrations will be accepted. All registrations are subjected to Istana’s security clearance.
The successful registrant will receive a confirmation email with an Invitation Card before the event. The registrant must bring along the invitation card and his/her NRIC for admission.
All participants including those who come in private cars must go through security checks at the main gate. Children under the age of 12 will not be admitted.
Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
1. Can I nominate someone who is not accredited by the Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board (SWAAB)?
The nominee must be accredited by the Board before he/she is eligible to be considered for this award.
2. Can I nominate a Social Service Practitioner?
Yes, so long as the nominee has a recognised Social Work qualification and is accredited as Registered Social Worker (RSW) by the Board.
3. Can I nominate a Social Worker who has 8 years and 1 month of practice experience for PSWA?
The PSWA nominee should have 3 to 8 years of experience as a Social Worker at the point of application. If the Social Worker has more than 8 years of experience at the point of application, he/she should be nominated for OSWA instead.
4. Can I nominate the Social Worker who handled my case for the OSWA or PSWA?
The nominator should be an existing practising Social Worker or working in the Social Service sector. If you are not a Social Worker, you can speak with the Center Head or Head of Social Work Department of the organisation your Social Worker works at, and get their support on your strong reasons for nomination.
5. Can I nominate a Social Worker who is working in the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) for OSWA / PSWA?
Yes, you can nominate a Registered Social Worker from MSF for the award.
However, should he/she be conferred for the award, as a ministry officer, he/she will not be eligible for the Professional and Leadership Development (PLD) Grant sponsored by MSF. He/she will receive the rest of the awards.
6. Can I nominate a past PSWA winner for OSWA?
Yes, so long as the past PSWA winner qualifies the criteria set for OSWA.
7. Can I submit more than one nomination for OSWA and/or PSWA?
Yes, so long as all the qualifying criteria are met.
8. When is the closing date for nominations?
Nominations originally closed 2 August 2019, Friday. It has since been extended to 9 August 2019, Friday.
9. What time should I arrive for the event?
Registrations open from 2:45pm on 15 November at the Istana Main Gate on Orchard Road. Registrations will close strictly at 3:30pm so the ceremony can commence on time.
10. What should I bring to the event?
Successful registrations will be sent an email with an e-invitation around 1 November. Please bring that and your identification card (IC). If you are allocated a car park, please PRINT the car park label and place it clearly on the top right hand side of your windscreen (about the IU).
11. Is there a dress code?
Office attire or smart casual. Please note we will not admit people in shorts and bermudas (with exception of school uniforms), singlets, tank tops, sleeveless, camisoles, slippers, or flip-flops.
12. How do I get to the Banquet Hall from the Main Gate/Car Park?
There will be shuttle services operating between the main gate at the Banquet Hall, as well as between the Villa Car Park and the Banquet Hall.
13. What happens if I'm driving in with my colleagues or family?
Only the driver will be allowed to stay in the car and park it at the allocated car park. All other passengers must disembark the vehicle at the main gate and go through the security screening as walk-in guests.
14. I have registered but have not received a confirmation email or e-invitation. What should I do?
Please allow the Istana some time for security clearance, and SASW to sort out the logistics before sending the confirmation emails out. If you have not received anything by 7 November 2019, please call 6778-7922 ext 202 for any enquiries.
15. I registered as a volunteer. When will I know my duties?
We will be contacting all successfully-cleared volunteers and sending the detailed administrative programme and their duties around the first week of November. There is a briefing on 13 November at 6.45pm (dinner served from 6pm) at SASW Office.
Volunteers will have to report at 12pm at the Cavanagh Gate (back gate) of the Istana on 15 November for OSWA itself.
A recognised Bachelor's Degree or Graduate Diploma in Social Work;
More than 8 years of post-qualification social work experience for OSWA, and between 3 and 8 years of post-qualification social work experience for PSWA;
Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident;
Registered Social Worker accredited by the Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board (SWAAB); and
Currently working in the community or healthcare sector, including the management, academic and research domains.