Peace’s Social Work Legislation Moves Forward in the House

-- Consumer protection measure advances with bi-partisan support -- Central Virginia- Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover) is pleased to announce House Bill 2037 has passed full committee with strong bipartisan support and will next be heard on the floor of the House of Delegates.  This legislation simply states that only those professionals with a degree or license in social work may use the job title “Social Worker.”

Speaking to the bill Peace stated, “We must be sure those providing services to consumers are qualified and licensed to supply these services.  Virginians should have the confidence that when they seek help from a Social Worker, they are working with a specially educated and trained expert.”

Social Workers receive specific education and training in the field of Social Work.  This bill protects the employment status and pay grade of those who are currently employed as “social workers,” but do not have a degree or license in social work. T he legislation simply changes the job title, not the job duties.

Multiple stakeholders came together on this legislation and are fully supportive of its intent and goals to ensure quality care for citizens of the Commonwealth. 

This legislation supports the Commonwealth of Virginia’s mission to protect the public by ensuring that those who use the title of social worker are trained and educated in the field of social work.  

Delegate Christopher K. Peace was elected to his third term representing the 97th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. The District includes parts of Hanover, Caroline, King William, King and Queen, Henrico, Spotsylvania Counties and all of New Kent County.