Reasons for Renewing your Membership of the ANZASW

“Early in my career ANZASW was a space where I got to know a lot of practitioners across a range of different fields of practice and where I was afforded opportunities to grow professionally by getting involved in Association committees and activities. Since then I have valued my membership for the continuing professional development, the access to a terrific journal and for the indemnity insurance which is a much needed back up in the contested area of social work practice and education.”

 

–     member testimony

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is your professional social work body in Aotearoa New Zealand, run by members for members; we understand the challenges that you face and provide services designed to empower and protect you.

These include:

Stronger Together

ANZASW operates on the premise that the social work profession is stronger together. Accordingly, solidarity is at the heart of everything we do.

For more than half a century, we have fought tirelessly for social workers interests in the public arena, establishing ourselves as the leading voice for the profession in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as the largest and most effective movement for social justice within the sector.

We appeal to our members to stand with us as we continue to promote human rights, social justice- and the profile of the social work profession itself. 

Voice of, and for, the Profession

“Thank you for your contribution and work representing the voice for social workers”- member feedback

Members want the Association to be active in promoting the profession and advocating for social justice issues. We have therefore developed our advocacy capacity, expanding our ability to act as a principled, independent and effective voice in the public arena.

This year we have appeared before the Social Services and Community Select Committee to discuss the Social Workers Registration Bill and the Child Poverty Reduction Bill; right now ANZASW is working with Minister Sepuloni and her officials to amend the definition of practicing as a social worker that is currently in the Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill.

Over recent weeks we have campaigned through the media to get the latter bill changed, placing opinion pieces in leading publications like the New Zealand Herald as well as engaging in advocacy on national television and radio.

This year we have conducted advocacy on housing, child poverty, abuse in state care, inequality, mental health among other issues; we are committed to continuing to fight for social workers’ interests through filing submissions, publishing reports and lobbying government while engaging in public advocacy on an ongoing basis.

Partnership

ANZASW is guided by the Te Tiriti o Waitangi in applying this core principles in our work. We foster collaboration between members and seek to advance indigenous and non-indigenous best practice in social and community work. We also encourage the sharing of indigenous knowledge, wisdom and experience within the professional body.

Professional Indemnity Insurance 

Social workers often face complex and challenging situations in which they regularly have to make tough, on-the-spot decisions. Professional indemnity insurance is designed to provide you with access to legal services in order to defend yourself against any complaints about your practice.

The cover that ANZASW provides is tailor-made for individual practitioners and covers allegations about delivery of professional social work services. Allegations may be investigated by the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB), the Health & Disability Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioner, the Coroner, employers or ANZASW. The average claim by members for Indemnity Insurance is $8500 for legal services and penalties.

The services of the Legal Advisory panel are available, allowing members of the ANZASW scheme access to free legal advice on claims-related matters. This advice is available without the requirement for the insurer’s prior consent, up to a limit of $2,500.

Members are also able to access an accidental death and dismemberment benefit in the event they experience a workplace-related accident.

 

Professional development 

Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) services will assist you to fulfil your obligation to undertake a minimum of 20 hours professional development each year and maintain competent practice while keeping you informed about the latest in social work research, theory and techniques.

ANZASW will continue to support members to maintain competent practice by providing professional development.  We offer a growing range of services designed to deepen your knowledge and skills: 

  • We offer 48+ hours of free professional development services through webinars, covering a wide range of topics which will help you meet the requirements set by the Social Work Registration Board to maintain an Annual Practising Certificate (APC). The webinars can be accessed in real time or by watching the recording on the website after it has been streamed.
  • We have a growing repository of national and international professional development events; searchable by CPD Interests, Dates, Location and more
  • As of October 2018 we provide a member-only Online CPD Log that can replace the cumbersome word template currently in use.
  • Online Learning Modules are being developed – the first is Courageous Conversations by Madeleine Taylor. You can Click here>> to create your account and sign up for this and future training opportunities.
  • A CPD accreditation programme is being developed – this will enable members to select CPD activities that meet minimum standards.
  • Branches, Roopu and National Office deliver workshops and seminars that members can attend

I just want to say that the Webinar programme that you’ve got on offer this year (2017) is AWESOME! Especially for those of us who live in more rural areas and find getting to professional development a challenge. I don’t often get to login on the day but having access to them on the website means that’s not too much of an issue – Mary

Publications

The Code of Ethics is provided to all members. It is an invaluable resource that outlines the definitive set of principles for social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. It helps you maintain high standards and acts as a guidebook to help you navigate the labyrinth of social work practice with confidence.

The Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal acts as a platform for research, analysis and scholarly debate on social work theory, policy and practice. The Journal is the premiere publication of the social work profession in Aotearoa New Zealand. It both informs the reader and critically examines developments in the field.

We also provide content to members through NoticeBoard, E-Notices and social media postings which contain the latest information on developments in the sector and the Association.

Our website hosts our latest press releases, updates on developments in the Association, access to the Supervisors Register, Annual Reports, a member forum, information on fees and a dedicated job vacancies listing. ANZASW lists job vacancies on its website through the job centre.

Further to this, the Association publishes practice guides, submissions and briefings to Ministers.

Networking & Information

As the largest professional social work body in the country with thousands of members, ANZASW provides an unrivalled network through which members can access collegial support, advice, professional supervision and industry intelligence. Members can connect with the network through Association activities, Huis, working groups, committees and forums.

As one member told us:

“As a professional social worker my identity has been shaped by ANZASW. Often social workers are working in isolated practice and the professional body provides that collegial support, opportunities to link to other members of the profession, to strengthen the professional identity when often you are challenged in isolation. The professional body has also enabled me to participate locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and that of course adds huge value to the different perspectives that you carry.”

 

Social workers are expected to access regular and appropriate supervision on a monthly basis at least. Professional supervision is one of the essential means to develop social workers and ensure quality service provision. The Supervisors Register provides members with access to a wide range of supervisors who will assist you to take your skills to the next level.