Online: ANZASW 2020 AGM & CPD Day, Theme – Ethics in Social Work

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Theme – Ethics in Social Work
  • Fully digital event
  • Registration available for each session

We are opening the CPD sessions to non-members as a way of promoting membership to ANZASW so please feel free to share.


 Session 1
8:30 – 9:00 Mihi Whakatau Register Here>>
9:00 – 10:00 Merv Hancock Lecture Sarah Banks
Session 2
10:30 – 11:30 TUKIA – Whack!! The biggest Mack truck ever. Ange Watson Register Here>>
Session 3
12:00 – 1:30 AGM Register Here>>
Session 4
2:00 – 3:00 Enhancing readiness to practise- the Professional Capabilities Framework Neil Ballantyne & Liz Beddoe Register Here>>
3:00 – 3:15 Results of AGM voting Lucy Sandford-Reed & Sharyn Roberts
3:15 – 3:45 Poroporoaki/Closing the Hui

Merv Hancock Lecture – Keynote Speaker: Sarah Banks

Sarah Banks
is Professor of Applied Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, and Co-director, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, Durham University, UK. She teaches and researches on professional ethics, community development and participatory action research.  She has published widely on social work ethics. Books include Practising Social Work Ethics Around the World: Cases and Commentaries (Routledge, 2012, edited with Kirsten Nøhr) and Ethics and Values in Social Work, 5th edn (Red Globe Press, forthcoming 2020).


Practising ethically in challenging times:

Social work is constantly in a state of change, as social workers adapt to new social and economic conditions, alongside evolving policies and organisational structures. In this talk we will discuss what it means to practice ethically in changing and challenging contexts – both the slow move towards neo-liberalism and managerialism, and the faster shift towards digitalisation and distancing prompted by Covid-19.  These are times both to hold on to social work values, but also to reinterpret and rethink what they might mean in new circumstances. This talk will draw on several decades of research on the implications for ethical practice of changing accountability requirements for social workers, and recent rapid research on ethical challenges for social workers internationally due to the Covid-19 pandemic. How should social workers respond, for example, to managers from outside the profession who do not share the same professional values? How can social workers continue to pursue the social justice mission of their profession? What are the implications of the growth of digital and remote working for social workers’ relationships of trust and empathy with people who use or need services?

Tukia – Whack! The biggest Mack Truck ever

Presenter: Ange Watson

Ko Taranaki te mounga

Ko Waitara te awa

Ko Tokomaru te waka

Ko Te Āti Awa no runga i te rangi te iwi tūturu

Ko Te Āti Awa nui tonu te iwi matua

Ki te taha o tōku whaea:

Ko Pākehā te iwi

Ko Andrea (Ange) Makere Watson āu.

Ange Watson is whānau focussed and is a dedicated nannie to her four mokopuna ātaahua and has two mana wāhine daughters.  “Ko āku mokopuna tōku ngākau”.  Having practitioner experience of over twenty years, Ange has worked in the fields of disability, whānau development work, strengths-based social work and supervision, community development, the Incredible Years Parenting Programme, clinical supervision and management. Ange joined the teaching team at the School of Social Work, Massey University in 2015 and is currently doing a PhD that explores kaimahi Māori growing up experiences and how these experiences influence kaimahi social work practice.  Underpinning Ange’s practice as a social worker, supervisor, teacher and researcher is the Pā Harakeke, te mahi whakamana, pūrākau narratives and strengths-based practice.  Ange is very involved in Manawhenua, the ANZASW roopu Māori in Te Papaioea.

Kaimahi experiences of the collision of their personal, professional and cultural worlds and the values and ethical challenges within this experience

Frederick Reamer identifies that the most difficult ethical dilemmas happen for social workers when their personal and professional worlds conflict. Māori social workers (kaimahi) often live and work in the same area as their whānau, hapū and iwi and there is a high chance that members of their own whānau will come through the organisation where they work or an organisation they work closely alongside.

This is when kaimahi might experience a collision (tukia) of their personal, professional and cultural worlds. It is the domain where the three different systems have to interact – a professional system, a whānau system, and a cultural system and many values and ethics can conflict in this space.

This presentation focusses on a research study that involved interviewing seven kaimahi who had experienced collision and explored their encounter of these collisions.  A focus area of the research was on the well-being of kaimahi through this collision and how kaimahi values and ethics are impacted by the collision experience.

Enhancing readiness to practise – the Professional Capabilities Framework

Presenters: Neil Ballantyne & Liz Beddoe


Neil Ballantyne is a Senior Lecturer in social work at the Open Polytechnic and the President of the Council for Social Work Education in Aotearoa New Zealand. His current research interests are in professional education and the use of technology in human services






Liz Beddoe is a professor of social work at the University of Auckland.  Her research interests include critical perspectives on social work education and supervision; the study and social work professional identity in host settings, and the experiences of migrant social workers



The EnhanceR2P project commenced in 2016 and aimed to develop an evidence-informed, industry-agreed, professional capabilities framework that could be used to inform and guide the design of learning experiences, and continuing professional development opportunities, for social workers before and after qualification. This presentation will offer an overview of our findings with a particular focus on professional capability frameworks. We conducted a literature review and review of five social work competence and capability frameworks from four jurisdictions (Aotearoa New Zealand, England, the USA and Canada); then convened five workshops with social work managers, field work educators and practitioners. The workshops were held to co-produce a draft professional capabilities framework. Phase three aimed to answer the research question: what are the professional capabilities, including cultural capabilities, we should expect of newly qualified social workers and of social workers working at beginning, and experienced, levels of practice?


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