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

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