Friday, 22 February 2019, 12:08 pm Press Release: ANZASW The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) recognises that an historic milestone for social work has been reached with the Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill passing Third Reading by a unanimous vote. Registration of social workers was the vision of the late Merv Hancock when he led the establishment of […]» Read more
The journey for social work registration commenced in 1964 when the New Zealand Association of Social Workers was established. The first milestone to achieving this was voluntary registration of Social Workers provided by the Social Workers Registration Act 2003. With over 7,000 social workers already registered it is clear that the profession recognises the value and benefits of registration in a voluntary regime. The Alliance now looks forward to the final stage, the SOP being adopted and the Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill passing Third Reading. This will be a momentous occasion for the profession and those who use social work services.» Read more
A new Bill could see vulnerable health clients being supported by practitioners who are not registered or accountable, argues social work advocate Emanuel Stoakes.
The Social Work Registration Legislation Bill is set to have an enormous impact on the social work profession, including those who work in the health sector.
The bill has just passed through the Social Services Select Committee and – as it stands – this piece of legislation could cause long-lasting damage to not only the reputation of social work in Aotearoa New Zealand but also to the capacity of practitioners to provide quality services to very vulnerable people.
Over the past two weeks the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) has engaged in a series of meetings to address concerns over the Social Worker Registration Legislation Bill.
On Friday April 27th we met in Wellington with a representative group from the social work sector to discuss the bill following the return of the Select Committee’s report to the House. Our main focus was the need to change section 6AAB of the bill which determines
Social work needs to be registered to stop anyone calling themselves a “social worker”, mandatory registration advocates say.
Last week, the social services select committee ignored calls to make requested changes to the Social Work Registration Legislation Bill for mandatory social work registration.
The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers fear if left unchanged, the definition of “social work” in the legislation means anyone could practice social work.
New Zealand and wider Western society has witnessed growing social inequality over the past 40 years following the breakdown of the post-war welfare state consensus. This phenomenon has impacted on the delivery of social work as much as any profession because social work deals with those are pushed to the margins by our social and economic system.» Read more
The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) fears the new Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill, which aims to raise professional standards through mandatory registration for social workers, contains loopholes whereby employers will not be required to register.
Experts in the sector say their concern lies within the bill’s definition, or lack thereof, of the term ‘social worker’ and that their submissions have been ignored by politicians.
Social workers want the government to scrap a proposed law to make registration mandatory, saying it excludes half the country’s workforce and does not do enough to protect the public.
The Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill aims to raise professional standards but still leaves it up to an employer to decide who is and who is not a social worker.
IFSW, 24 April 2018 http://ifsw.org/news/social-work-in-new-zealand-under-attack/ Statement from the Aotearoa New Zealand Assocation of Social Workers: Social work in Aotearoa New Zealand is under unprecedented attack. As the voice of the profession in the country, the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) appeals to international colleagues for solidarity and support at this critical time. The assault centres around a […]» Read more
The social work profession in Aotearoa New Zealand is at a turning point. A crucial decision is about to be made that could have long-term implications for social workers across the country.
The threat is a section of the Social Work Registration Legislation Bill which is before Parliament’s social services select committee. If the bill remains as it is, it could mean up to 50 per cent of currently registered social workers and practitioners with a social work qualification in roles not described using the words “social worker” will not be required to be registered, meaning they can operate without any accountability.