ANZASW Webinar: Political Activity and Social Work; Challenges and Opportunities with John Darroch
Date(s) - 31/10/2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Presenter: John Darroch
John Darroch is a PhD student at The University of Auckland. John’s current research looks at whether statutory social workers are able to engage in political activity and how this relates to social work ethics. He is a registered social worker and works part-time for The University of Auckland.
John comes from a background of working for social justice. He is a keen photographer and has used photography as a tool to promote social change.
Abstract: Drawing on original research into political activity by social workers in New Zealand this webinar will look at the opportunities and challenges to social workers engaging in work to promote social change. This webinar will draw on the findings of John’s Masters research into social work and social justice in New Zealand, as well as ongoing research into statutory social work and political activity.
John will talk through organisational and legal barriers which social workers may encounter in their practice. Drawing on recent court decisions, organisational guidelines, and legislation it will discuss legal limitations around social work and political activities and how social workers can be active, without breaching these.
- Gain basic knowledge of research into political activity by social workers in Aotearoa
- Develop knowledge regarding the connection between social work and social change
- Increase understanding of legal and organisational limits on political action.
Core Competencies: 4 & 5