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

This research is being undertaken by Barb Staniforth (Director Social Work) Slade Dellow (MSWP student) and Catherine Scheffer (MSWP student) of the University of Auckland.

We are seeking ten social workers who would like to be interviewed in regards to their views on how to improve public perceptions of social work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The interviews are likely to take 30 minutes to an hour and can occur face to face in Auckland, via Skype or Zoom, or by phone. Please contact Barbara Staniforth on b.staniforth@auckland.ac.nz for further information.

Registered social workers who currently, or have formerly, worked in a child protection/family social work (e.g. Family Start NGO) context for at least 3 years prior to becoming a parent are sought for a research project exploring the transition to parenthood for social workers tasked with assessing parents.

Participation in this research will involve one focus group which will be carried out in person in Auckland. This focus group will last between one and two hours and you will be asked a range of questions about your experience relating to parenting assessment, your personal transition to parenthood, and implications on your practice. Questions you will be asked will be designed to explore how social workers manage the transition to parenthood in a climate of intensified parenting expectations, given their knowledge of acceptable and adequate parenting practices.

Social workers who have worked for District Health Boards, in Child Protection, and NGO’s tasked with parenting interventions/assessments for at least 3 years before becoming a parent themselves are eligible to participate in this research.

Participation in this study is voluntary and without remuneration.

If you are interested in this study and would like more information in order to make an informed decision, please email:

Jessica Steele at jste194@aucklanduni.ac.nz

Registered social workers who currently, or have formerly, worked in a statutory context are sought for a research project examining the relationship between social work and political action.

Participation in this research will involve one interview which will be carried out in person (available for Auckland-based participants), or via video conferencing software. This interview will last between one and two hours and you will be asked a range of questions about your experience relating to political activity in statutory contexts. Questions you will be asked will be designed to explore how statutory social work contributes to, or prevents, social workers from engaging in political action.

Social workers who have worked for District Health Boards, in Child Protection, Probation Services, Corrections, or other roles which have included statutory functions are eligible to participate in this research.

Participation in this study is voluntary and without remuneration.

If you are interested in this study and would like more information in order to make an informed decision, please email John Darroch at j.darroch@auckland.ac.nz