ANZASW Quality and Innovation Awards

 

The ANZASW Quality and Innovation Awards have been established following the 2014 Year of celebrating 50 years of ANZASW to formally recognise excellence in social work practice.


Categories of Awards include exemplary and or innovative social work showcasing one or more of the following: Human Rights: Social Work practice demonstrating how an identified human rights issue or issues has/have been addressed. Indigenous Knowledge: Exemplar of contributing to indigenous body of knowledge, models of practice and / or improved consumer outcomes. Innovative Practice: Exemplar of new and creative ways of effective social work practice Research: Research contributing to development of contemporary evidence based best practice. Social Justice: Social Work practice demonstrating how an identified social justice issue or issues has/have been addressed. Social Work Education/Students: Practice demonstrating innovation in student education or exemplary student work.


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Process Beginning in 2015 and every two years thereafter applications will be sought from ANZASW members in each of the categories. Sufficient details of the work completed to enable a panel to assess the application including:

  • What the piece of work is;
  • How it was developed and applied;
  • Evidence of ANZASW member’s explicit role in the piece of work
  • ANZASW member’s agreement to submitting the application
  • The category or categories the application is entered into
  • A letter of endorsement / permission including verification of authenticity from relevant authority (employer or tertiary education provider and social work supervisor);
  • If appropriate – consent from the person/people using the service
  • Evidence from appropriate party / parties of improved outcomes.

Individual or group applications will be considered. Adherence to Social Work Ethics including with respect to the completion of this application must be evidenced. Winners in each category must be willing to provide summary of work for publication in either the ANZASW Noticeboard or New Zealand Social Work Journal. Applications may be submitted by individual practitioners or candidates may be nominated by a third party in which case there must be sufficient detail for the Assessment Panel to evaluate the nomination.


Assessment An assessment panel (minimum 3, maximum 7) will review the applications for each category, there may be different panel members for different categories.  The panel will reflect cultural, gender and / or expertise relevant to the categories. All applicants will be notified of the decision of the panel with feedback as appropriate. The decision of the panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into following the decision.


Awards There would be usually one overall winner, but at the discretion of the panel, a joint award could be offered.  In addition to a certificate, letter and publication, an “ANZASW Social Work Quality & Innovation Trophy” may be presented. Winners in each category will receive a ‘Certificate of Excellence’, letter of commendation and publication in an ANZASW Journal and on the website. In any year there may be supplementary awards such as a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ and or ‘Highly Commended’ awards. From time to time if resources allow there may be a small monetary acknowledgement (expected to be used for continuing professional development) for some or all of the awards.

John Fry Memorial Award

The family of the late John Fry have agreed to fund the Supreme Award for the years 2019, 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027. The funding will cover the Supreme Trophy and $500 cash to be used for some professional purpose. The Award will be known as the John Fry Memorial Supreme Award for Quality and Innovation in Social Work. The family, Rachel, Juliet and David are thanked for their generosity in making this memorial for John possible. “John Fry was a founding member of ANZASW, served as President in 1972-1973 and was made a Life Member in 1988. His social work career over the period 1956 -1984 spanned child welfare, faith based social services, and Local Authority community services in Wellington, Auckland, Whakatane, Timaru and Christchurch. He was deeply committed to the profession of social work and both valued and demonstrated quality and innovation in his work.”


Review At the completion of the awards process, the panel will review the process and all other aspects of these awards, and make any recommendations to improve the programme.

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John Fry Memorial Supreme Award for Quality and Excellence in Social Work 2021

Antonia Nicholson – Ministry of Defence

Innovative Practice

Antonia Nicholson – winner

Lesia Moorhouse – Highly Commended

Kim Simpson – Highly Commended

Indigenous Practice

Leisa Moorhouse – Winner

Social Work Education – Student

Kora Deverick – Winner

Social Work Education

Dr Raewyn Tudor – Highly Commended

Social Justice

PSA in recognition of the work in the social worker  pay equity space.

Erin Polaczuk National Secretary & Kerry Davis National Secretary

The family of the late John Fry (ANZASW Life Member) have agreed to fund the Supreme Award for the years 2019, 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027. The funding will cover the Supreme Trophy and $500 cash to be used for some professional purpose. The Award will be know as the John Fry Memorial Supreme Award for Quality and Innovation in Social Work. The family, Rachel, Juliet and David are thanked for their generosity in making this memorial for John possible. “John Fry was a founding member of ANZASW, served as President in 1972-1973 and was made a Life Member in 1988. His social work career over the period 1956 -1984 spanned child welfare, faith based social services, and Local Authority community services in Wellington, Auckland, Whakatane, Timaru and Christchurch. He was deeply committed to the profession of social work and both valued and demonstrated quality and innovation in his work.” ANZASW is pleased to announce that Neil Ballantyne is the inaugural winner of the John Fry Memorial Supreme Award for Quality and Innovation in Social Work for his human rights work. The Awards was assessed by a Panel of three members, Dr Nicki Weld, Kerri Cleaver and Vaughan Milner, and the decision of the Panel was: We recommend that the Certificate of Excellence in Human Rights and the John Fry Memorial Supreme Award for Quality and Innovation is Social Work to be awarded to Neil Ballantyne. The Panel’s decision was unanimous and based on the following observations from the panel members: Neil’s work alongside the Palestinian community in Wellington and far reaching nationwide is really inspiring and completely follows our standards and code of ethics of what excellent practice looks like.  It is clear that he has contributed in excess of any employment role and I personally believe that this is important to recognise. I understand that we can never expect social workers to work outside of their jobs but as a Kāi Tahu Social Worker it is actually always the expectation on us in our community so when I see tauiwi also demonstrating the dedication to community and human rights that Neil has demonstrated it really is worth celebrating.  I think Neil’s work is an example of working systemically (locally, nationally, and internationally) on an international issue, and also engaging with a grass roots group reflects the best traditions of social work. The point of difference was that the activity occurred outside of a set structure with few resources.   Neil has made a powerful contribution to the area of human rights. He has contributed website development and support for the website Wellington Palestine, an article, campaigning activities including writing Shannon’s Pakura’s speech, support of an on-line petition, a blog post, and has exemplified the ‘careful and unglamorous work of building relationships between various ethnic and racial communities and challenging social injustice where they see it ‘ (Nadia Abu-Shanab). His work in bringing the plight of child protesters in Palestine and the detention of Munther Amira, a Palestine Social Worker, to the attention of Aotearoa New Zealand has raised awareness of the human rights and social injustice issues in Israel.  What I also appreciate about Neil’s work is the voluntary nature of it, done on top of his usual role. This shows committed dedication and determination to reach out to our local Palestine community and across borders to our international colleagues and fellow human beings.

It is with great pleasure that the ANZASW 2017 Quality and Innovation Awards were announced on Social Workers Day 27th September 2017. The Awards were assessed by a Panel of three members, Hori Ahomiro Bay of Plenty DHB, Sally Dalhousie The Fono Health & Social Services and Deb Stanfield Wintec. The Panel is thanked for their thoughtful consideration of the portfolios.

The Supreme Award and Certificate of Excellence in Innovative Practice

is awarded to Nicki Weld for her work E Ko te Matakahi Maire – Therapeutic Social Work. The Assessment Panel Commented:

ANZASW Quality & Innovation Award Nicki WeldThis handbook titled ‘E ko te Matakahi Maire’ was an interesting, innovative piece of work providing an ‘encyclopaedia’ of therapeutic interventions. A book of how and what to do for social workers. The panel was impressed with its myriad of ‘content in context’ models, graphs, questionnaires and reflection prompts.

The therapeutic role of social workers in New Zealand has historically been understated so this is a welcome attempt to encourage social workers to advance their skills in this regard and not be afraid to use them!  It is also a good example of an NGO taking leadership in the profession by providing such a resource and creating opportunity for more resources to be developed.

Social workers are challenged to deepen the scope of their work and the level of emotional support and analysis that they offer to those who have experienced trauma.

A courageous and comprehensive resource for social workers and the profession. 

Congratulations for an exceptional piece of work and a valuable creative resource.

Ka mau te wehi e Nicki!

 

Certificate of Excellence in Research

is awarded to Andrea Greer for her work Relationships Matter? Therapeutic Model of Care. The Assessment Panel Commented:

This is an exceptional MSW research project with good results and with ongoing usefulness for social workers in their work with whānau, children, families and initiative taken to continue developing and sharing the work achieved. The application was very well supported with full detailed information for the panel. The integrated model of care applies well to the field of care and protection providing information about brain development and insightful understanding of ‘connectedness’ using personal stories and stories by children to form a powerful message. A simplistic yet very well researched piece of work that demonstrated creative thinking skills.

 

Certificate of Achievement, Innovative Practice and Indigenous Knowledge

is awarded to Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga for Te Wairatahi. The Assessment Panel Commented:

The values and vision behind the service gives confidence that service users would be invited into the service with respect, caring and hope. 

There is a vital indigenous knowledge perspective that forms part of the service vision and is key to engagement with Maori and Pakeha alike. These values in practice were described as whanaungatanga, kotahitanga, kaitiakitanga and whakamana which undoubtedly form the Indigenous bodies of Knowledge and a holistic view of daily working in the lives of Te Wairatahi kaimahi, clients and their families. This is a fantastic example of organisational transformation implementing a ‘lean’ model with a customer service focus. 

The values and vision behind the service gives confidence that service users would be invited into the service with respect, caring and hope. 

There is a vital indigenous knowledge perspective that forms part of the service vision and is key to engagement with Maori and Pakeha alike. These values in practice were described as whanaungatanga, kotahitanga, kaitiakitanga and whakamana which undoubtedly form the Indigenous bodies of Knowledge and a holistic view of daily working in the lives of Te Wairatahi kaimahi, clients and their families.

 

Certificate of Achievement in Innovative Practice

is awarded to Janine Joyce for Peacing Together, Kotahitanga Manaakitanga Te Kawa The Assessment Panel Commented:

This project deconstructed traditional societal / community structures in order to celebrate ‘peace’ through a community based event.  The panel would like to acknowledge the volunteer, community and cultural diversity that have shaped this presentation via video clips, feedback, questionnaires, Hui, visioning and korero a waha, and practical methods including the principles of kotahitanga and manaakitanga. What this has demonstrated is an indigenous perspective of tikanga, kawa and whanaungatanga in practice, while simultaneously identifying ‘differences in identity, culture, motivation and belief systems.

This project included an inspiring group of people with a strong vision and the energy to realise it. The journal article about it was well written and provides a good “template” for others to use as a guide should they wish to replicate the event or something like it. We need more of this activism in our social work community so this is to be celebrated.

Inaugural ANZASW Quality and Innovation Awards – 2015

In honouring the intentions “to formally recognise excellence in social work practice” of the inaugural ANZASW Quality and Innovation Awards for 2015, the panel decisions are as follows:

ANZASW Quality and Innovation Trophy
Jointly awarded to Pam Millen and Kieran O’Donoghue

Certificate of Achievement: Innovative Practice Category
Fiona Knight

Certificate of Excellence: Innovative Practice Category
Susanne Llopis

Certificate of Excellence: Student Category
Bill Shaw

Certificate of Excellence: Research
Kieran O’Donoghue

Certificate of Excellence: Human Rights
Pam Millen

Awards Panel:

Bella Wikaira
Brenda Cromie
Fiona Robertson
Hanny Naus
Helen Simmons
Mary Nash
Rose Henderson

It has been inspirational for the panel to be reading about excellence in social work practice.  So we hope that announcing these awards is “good news” for all social workers, not only the recipients!

Congratulations to our winners.