ANZASW Practice Standard 8: Research & Survey Participation Invites

Research Participation Invitations

A researcher in the School of Psychology at Waikato University, Dr Cate Curtis, along with a colleague in the UK, is starting a new phase of research into assessing risk of sexual abuse among young people. This phase is in the form of a survey, which takes about 5 minutes to complete, and is designed for people who work with young people (under 16 years of age). More information is in the attachment.

Cate would very much appreciate it if you’d complete the survey, and/or send the attached information on to your colleagues who are youth workers, teachers, etc. The researchers hope to get a broad range of appropriate people to complete it, to get a good sense of how people identify that someone is at risk, or is a risk to others.

The research has been approved by the School of Psychology’s ethics committee.  If you have any queries, please contact Cate:

Thanks very much! Here’s the link (it’s also in the information sheet>>, in case you have trouble with this one):

My name is Karlin Austin. I am in the process of completing the Master of Social Work programme, at Massey University, Manawatu, Palmerston North.

I am currently undertaking research in the area of health social work practice, within Aotearoa New Zealand. The purpose of this research study is to understand the subjective experiences, thoughts and opinions of registered social workers, who have been part of an organisational change process which resulted in their transition to an inter-disciplinary team (IDT), aimed at supporting integrated patient-care within a District Health Board (DHB) in Aotearoa New Zealand.


This project recognizes that the increasing global trend towards an integrated model of patient-care, within healthcare services, is an attempt at managing national health spending, while aiming to achieve positive health outcomes for patients and their whānau.

The aim of this research study is to develop a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the impact New Public Management Reforms, and the move towards integrated healthcare, has on the way in which registered social workers practice within an IDT, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Participant Information Sheet>>

If you wish to participate in this research study and/or you have any questions or concerns about the project, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Karlin Austin (Master of Social Work research student) at and/or my supervisors: Lareen Cooper at and Hannah Mooney at

My name is Phoebe Wigelsworth and I am a Masters of Applied Social Work student at Massey University. As part of my Degree studies I am undertaking research to investigate the potential for using Motivational Interviewing as an approach for having conversations with parents about Child Protection concerns. You are invited to complete a questionnaire about this topic.

This research project aims to explore the potential effectiveness and appropriateness of using Motivational Interviewing techniques within Child Protection work with parents. You are being invited to participate in this research because you are an employee of an organisation registered with the ANZASW which offers a program/service related to Family Support and/or Child Protection (identified through your organisation’s website). If you identify as currently working or having past experience in Child Protection work (eg. addressing parental mental health, domestic violence, parental drug and alcohol use which is impacting on children) you are welcome to complete this questionnaire. Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered directive counselling approach that seeks to enhance an individual’s capacity to change. You do not require any prior knowledge of Motivational Interviewing to complete this questionnaire.

Your participation is entirely voluntary and you are under no obligation to accept this invitation. Completion of the questionnaire implies consent. If you decide to participate, you have the right to decline to answer any particular question in the questionnaire. Please see the Information Sheet>>l for more detail about this research project, and the contact details for myself and my supervisor if you have questions.

If you agree to participate in this study, please click on the link below which will take you to the online questionnaire. If you decide to complete the questionnaire, please do so by 18/09/2017. Thank you very much for your time.


Phoebe Wigelsworth

Student Researcher, Master of Applied Social Work, Massey University

Kia ora

As part of my Master of Applied Social Work I am undertaking a small research project and am recruiting participants for interviews in Christchurch. If you are interested in this topic, please take a look at the information sheet>> for more details. I am excited to hear your diverse views, experiences and insights.

I am looking for:

  • Current or retired social workers, ideally with two or more years’ experience
  • Working in any field of practice, in either statutory or non-governmental sectors
  • Social work registration is not required

Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

Please feel free to contact me through email.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Kind regards,

Misa Kasai


“This project has been evaluated by peer review and judged to be low risk. Consequently it has not been reviewed by one of the University’s Human Ethics Committees. The researcher(s) named in this document are responsible for the ethical conduct of this research.

If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research that you want to raise with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact Dr Brian Finch, Director (Research Ethics), email”

Survey Participation Invitations

Dear IFSW Members

We are writing to ask you to circulate this request for information about listening to children and young people and encouraging their participation in the monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is important research that is in line with the aims of IFSW:

  • Partnerships: Building external partnerships with people who use social work services and their wider communities; to ensure that social services recognise people’s inherent strengths and build on them to meet community aspirations. Building partnerships to work for global solidarity, also partnerships with other professionals and within IFSW.
  • Action: Facilitating international and regional cooperation for shared learning and joint action.
  • Policy: Developing ethical statements and policies that enhance best social work practice.
  • Advocacy: Advocating at global, regional and national levels for social justice, and individual, group, civic and cultural human rights. Advocating professional social work values, standards, ethics, human rights, recognition, training and working conditions.

The National Coalitions of Austria, Germany and Switzerland have built a strategic partnership to exchange best-practices on the participation of children in the monitoring and reporting of the UN Convention on the rights of the child as well as in the institutional work of the coalitions.

Within this collaboration, they have developed an online survey (see below) to gather inputs from other coalitions and networks (available in English only). The survey is targeting the coordinating bodies or persons of the coalitions.

As children’s participation is one of the main priorities of Child Rights Connect and in  line with IFSW Aims, we would like to kindly ask you to reach out to the relevant colleagues and partners and encourage them to fill out the questionnaire by 6 September 2017.

Please follow this link to start the survey:

For any inquiries please contact:

Thank you for your most valuable cooperation!
We look forward to receiving your feedback!

It is crucial that children and young people are heard within this important area of monitoring the UN Convention – please encourage people to respond!

All the best,

Ruth Stark MSc, CQSW, MBE
+44 (0) 75885505334