About us

The Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) is the regulatory authority responsible for the registration of social workers.

The SWRB’s primary function is to protect the safety of members of the public by ensuring that when social workers come onto the register, they are competent, fit to practise, and accountable for the way in which they practise. A further purpose is to enhance the professionalism of social workers.

The Chief Executive Sarah Clark joined the SWRB in May 2017, after holding a number of roles within the state sector.

Originally from Christchurch, Sarah has a Masters in Geography, and a thesis on female offending.  Her career has taken her on a diverse path, most recently with Superu (Families Commission) as Director of Client Services, and at the Office for Seniors as its Director. Sarah has worked on the frontline with youth unemployment and also in Parliament as a social researcher and then Director of the Labour Research Unit.

She believes the SWRB is well placed to lift awareness of the importance of social workers across the wider social sector, and to support the professionalisation of social workers.

Paul Kirby joined the SWRB in January 2019 as Registrar.

Paul is from the East Coast, born in Wairoa, and did most of his schooling in Gisborne.

He is a lawyer and was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive and Manager of Legal Services at Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust, and he has worked in private practice in Wellington and Lower Hutt.

Prior to his legal training, Paul worked as a manager in social services.

SWRB Board members

Contact us:

Social Workers Registration Board
Level 7
110 Featherston Street,
Wellington  6011

Postal Address:
Social Workers Registration Board
PO Box 3452
Wellington Central
Wellington 6140

Freephone: 0508 797 269
Phone: +64 4 931 2650
Email: info@swrb.govt.nz