Calling all social work graduates! If you have graduated in the last three years and have worked as a social worker in Waitaha-Canterbury for any period of time since, you are invited to participate in this research study into how social work graduates are supported in their first year of practice. Participation is encouraged regardless of whether you have felt supported, unsupported, or otherwise, as a new graduate. All experiences are relevant and valued in this study. While the focus of the study is identifying good practice, it is critical for this to be informed by the realities of the existing context.
Despite many challenges, social work is a resilient, creative and innovative profession with countless examples of uncelebrated good practice. The purpose of this study is to identify these examples of good practice and to tap into existing potential for transformational change in the way the profession supports our graduates. The findings from this study will be published and presented to professional bodies for consideration. It is likely these findings will be used to advocate for a local pilot to support social work graduates.
The research team includes Kath Harrison, Dr Raewyn Tudor, and Joseph Tyro, who are all academic staff in the Social Work and Human Services teaching team at Ara Institute of Canterbury. Participation will involve attendance at a one-off event where you will engage in group discussions with other participants regarding your experiences of support as a new graduate.
Participants who identify as Māori will be invited to attend a Māori-specific event led by Joseph Tyro, to ensure that the experience of Māori graduates is honoured as having equal status to the experience of Tauiwi.
Contact Kath for further details on firstname.lastname@example.org