ANZASW Practice Standard 8/SWRB Core Competency 5: Research & Survey Participation Invites

ANZASW, Massey University and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are collaborating to explore social workers’ perspectives of the strengths, challenges and approaches to including animals as part of social work practice.

There are significant benefits from the relationships between companion animals and humans. While social workers are likely to work with individuals and families with companion animals, there is an increasing need to gain a better understanding of how social work responds to practice issues in relation to human-animal bonds and human health.

Who can participate?

If you are a current qualified social worker, and work or have worked with family/whānau who have animals or consider animals as part of their family/whānau, are involved using animals in any type of therapy, or you are interested in this area of practice, we invite you to complete this anonymous online survey.


The survey will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Your involvement in this study is completely voluntary. You have the right to decline to answer any questions. By submitting the survey, you will imply your consent to participate in the study.

Please take me to the Survey>>

Lucy Sandford-Reed

Chief Executive


Tel: 03 3490190 ext4



Dr. Polly Yeung

School of Social Work

Massey University

Tel: 06-3569099 ext83514



Nicole Robertson

National Target Interventions Manager

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

Tel: +64277003495


Ngā mihi nui ki a koe.  My name is Lynda Vercoe and I am a part-time student in my fourth year of the Master of Applied Social Work programme at Massey University. To fulfill the requirements of this programme, I am undertaking a research project.

The aim of my research is to explore the self-care perspectives of social workers in the Aotearoa New Zealand care and protection setting.  More specifically, I am interested in finding out what contributes to care and protection social workers’ effective self-care management by seeking their perspectives and experiences, most effective strategies, and the barriers to achieving effective self-care.

I would like to interview 3 or 4 care and protection social workers who have a minimum of two years’ experience in the care and protection setting and currently have regular professional supervision.  Ideally, I am seeking participants from the Bay of Plenty or Waikato regions.

I expect participation time involved will be up to two hours; approximately fifteen minutes for initial contact; approximately one hour for a semi-structured qualitative interview, and approximately thirty minutes to review the interview transcript.  I hope to conduct interviews in December 2018 or January 2019.

This project has low-risk ethical approval from Massey University (MUHEC 4000019873).  If you have any questions about this research, please contact me or my research supervisor on the contact details below.

Researcher: Lynda Vercoe
Mobile Phone: 027 2090720

Research Supervisor: Tracie Mafileo
Telephone: 06 3569099 Ext 8027




Kia ora, my name is Kerri Cleaver, I’m a Ngāi Tahu woman, Social Worker and foster system survivor doing my PhD research on our experiences of identity and belonging, post foster system. I’m looking for a small number of women who want to be part of the research.

What is the Aim of the Project?

This project is seeking to hear and represent the stories and experiences of Ngāi Tahu women whom have been in the state foster care system. The project will use a combination of both photos and conversations with participants with a focus on the relationships with culture and identity.

This Project is being undertaken as part of the requirements for my (Kerri Cleaver) PhD (Doctorate in Philosophy).

Specifically I am looking for?

  • Ngāi Tahu women whom have been in foster system and are over the age of 18 years.
  • Living in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested please contact me, Kerri Cleaver,, 0211933550.