A Fairer Go for Carers- but not Fair Enough

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is pleased that the government has corrected aspects of the Funded Family Care policy, but calls for more courageous action. The changes provide parents and partners of those who need a high level of care with income for their mahi; raise the rates received by family carers and enhance the rights […]

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Better Social Work for Māori: A Personal Matariki Reflection by Hori Ahomiro

Tuesday, 25 June 2019, 1:46 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers Delivering better social work for Māori – a personal Matariki reflection Hori Ahomiro Kia ora koutou katoa Today is the beginning of a period known as Matariki, heralded by the sighting of seven stars in the Matariki cluster, which can usually be spotted during atapō (before dawn), […]

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ANZASW Statement on Uplift Inquiry

Wednesday, 19 June 2019, 4:29 pm Press Release: Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes the announcement by the Ombudsman to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children’s practices and processes when removing new born children under court orders. ANZASW recognises that the Ministry’s risk-averse care and protection […]

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ANZASW Statement on Uplifts

Wednesday, 12 June 2019, 4:29 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers As the professional body for social work in Aotearoa New Zealand, ANZASW feels compelled to offer its perspective on the challenging issue of uplifting children from their family / carers / whānau, which has been the focus of significant attention in the media. Social work professionals face […]

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ANZASW Response to the 2019 Budget

Friday, 31 May 2019, 12:25 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is pleased to respond to this year’s “well-being” budget. “The Association strongly supports the principle of producing a budget that measures its success not only in narrow economic terms but according to social, health and broader living standards […]

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ANZASW statement on government’s response to He Ara Oranga

Thursday, 30 May 2019, 12:07 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers ANZASW statement on the government’s response to He Ara Oranga The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes the government’s acceptance of most of the recommendations contained in He Ara Oranga – the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. “Radical action on mental […]

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ANZASW reflections on the latest state of care report

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) appreciates the recommendations and insights contained in the latest State of Care report, “Supporting Young People on Remand to live Successfully in the Community,” produced by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.We fully support the view that early intervention is needed to reduce the numbers of children / tamariki and young people / rangatahi moving from state care into the youth justice system.

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ANZASW on new intensive social work services

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) notes the introduction of new intensive services by Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children, designed to reduce the number of children / tamariki uplifted into state care.

The Association commends Oranga Tamariki for demonstrating its commitment to intervention, in keeping with their stated goal of decreasing the number of children / tamariki entering the state care system.

Furthermore, we note that intensive services such have been proven to be successful in the past, as in the case of Matua Whangai, the intensive foster care service and comparable NGO programmes, such as those provided by the Family Help Trust, have produced good results.

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ANZASW on funding to tackle family and sexual violence

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) strongly welcomes the government’s pledge to increase funding to tackle family and sexual violence.The government estimates that around a million people including 300,000 children / tamariki and young people / rangatahi are affected by family and sexual violence every year. We believe that by increasing the much-needed financial support for services that engage with survivors and family / whanau / aiga / fâmili / kâinga at risk, the governmentis taking steps toward acknowledging the seriousness of this long-standing problem in our society.

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ANZASW observes the International Day Against Homophobia…

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers observes the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2019.Today, we celebrate sexual and gender diversity in our communities and welcome the fact that more people than ever are free to identify their gender and love whom they choose. We welcome the progress that has occurred, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and worldwide, in terms of these fundamental human rights.

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