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Understanding the demand for social work services

We are seeking your help to gather information on the demand for social workers and the number of outstanding social worker vacancies that organisations are having to manage. We know people are having difficulty recruiting, whether its being able to find social workers, or the constraints of resources. But what would the wish list look like?   Please… Read more »

SWRB statement on vaccination

We published guidance for social workers in October which remains relevant. See Guidance for social workers on social media and Covid-19 vaccination messages. Since that time we have continued to receive questions from social workers, in particular about mandatory vaccination for the health and disability sector, and for the workforce providing other public services.  As the regulatory body, SWRB does not require… Read more »

SWRB Fees and Disciplinary Levy: Consultation on change proposals

The Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) is undertaking consultation on proposals to change our fees and the disciplinary levy for social workers in Aotearoa. Consultation for changes to the SWRB fees and disciplinary levy closed at 5pm on 1 December 2021. Information about the consultation You may still access information about the consultation proposals below…. Read more »

Social Workers Registration Board Ministerial Appointment – Applications close 26 November (revised date)

The Minister of Social Development (the Minister) is seeking nominations for a Registered Social Worker member to the Social Workers Registration Board. Functions of the Social Workers Registration Board: The Board’s functions, as set out in the Social Workers Registration Act 2003 include: managing the registration of social workers in New Zealand reviewing complaints about… Read more »

Guidance for social workers on social media and Covid-19 vaccination messages

This advice is from the Social Workers Registration Board on the Social workers professional responsibilities under the SWRB Code of Conduct and general scope of practice. Social workers and Covid-19 vaccination requirements The SWRB has received concerns regarding registered social workers expressing views on social media about COVID-19 vaccination and asked what action the Board… Read more »

NZ Social Workers’ Day 2021

Kei ngā ringa raupā o te whānau, kei ngā Tauwhiro o te whakaaronui Kia ora mai rā koutou katoa! On this New Zealand Social Workers’ Day, the SWRB would like to say ‘Ngā mihi’ to all social workers for the amazing mahi you do every day for tamariki, rangatahi, whānau and communities. In what has… Read more »

Ministry of Health Advice for community allied health

As Aotearoa transitions through Alert Levels, we must continue to protect each other, reduce risk and prevent transmission of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health has provided general advice and level-specific guidelines for those working in the community allied health sector. You can find information on their website here.

Changing Child Welfare Conference

The Kempe Centre, Denver, Colorado, is hosting its second International virtual conference on Changing Child Welfare on October 4-7th 2021. The conference will bring together innovators, community members, practitioners and leaders in the field to share and learn from each other. They will discuss some of the newest ideas for practice, family and community engagement,… Read more »

Celebrating Pacific Social Work

The Social Work Regional Resource Centre of Oceania is holding a symposium ‘Celebrating Pacific Social Work’. The event will be held on Tuesday the 15th of March 2022 at the University of Auckland, South Auckland campus. All social workers are welcome to attend, and you can register to attend via this link. RSVP by 22nd… Read more »

Allied health social workers

The Social Workers Registration Board (the SWRB) is considering with interest a report on the role of allied health professionals in the health sector. The NZIER ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ report says the review of the country’s health and disability system provides an opportunity to make better use of allied health professionals, with an emphasis… Read more »