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Workforce survey

The annual SWRB workforce survey is under way and you can take part. The survey is divided into four sections: about you as a social worker, your qualifications, your registration, and your employment. The purpose of the survey is to collect information for an overview of the registered social worker workforce at national and local levels. The information… Read more »

Funding for upgrade

The chief executive of the Social Workers Registration Board, Sarah Clark, is welcoming funding from the Government as a step forward for the Board’s plans to operate as a modern Crown regulator. This is the first time since the SWRB was initially established that the Government has put funding into the Board, a total of… Read more »

Improving public perceptions of social work

The University of Auckland is seeking 10 social workers who would like to be interviewed in regards to their views on how to improve public perceptions of social work in Aotearoa New Zealand. This research is being undertaken by Barb Staniforth (Director Social Work) Slade Dellow (MSWP student) and Catherine Scheffer (MSWP student) of the University of… Read more »

SWRB Welcomes Mandatory Registration

New legislation recognises mana of social work profession The new Social Workers Registration Act recognises the value and mana of the social work profession says Sarah Clark, Chief Executive for the Social Workers Registration Board: Kāhui Whakamana Tauwhiro (SWRB). “We’re delighted to see the new Social Workers Registration Act pass through the house and are… Read more »

New legislation passes to make registration mandatory for Social Workers

The Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill was passed in Parliament today giving greater protection for some of our most vulnerable people and increasing standards in the social work sector, says Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “This is a great day for the social work profession. It has been 16 years since the voluntary registration… Read more »

Scope of Practice

Engagement with social workers on the General Scope of Practice will take place once the new Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill has passed. The Social Workers Registration Legislation currently being considered by Parliament, moves social workers from a voluntary to mandatory registration. SWRB Chief Executive Sarah Clark says; “As the regulator for the social work… Read more »

Minister releases update on legislation

The Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, has proposed legislative changes to the Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill, to strengthen the regulation of social workers and better protect public safety. The Bill will make the registration of social workers mandatory. The proposed changes to the Bill will: require employers to report allegations of serious misconduct… Read more »

Brainwave Conference 2018

Advancing Effective Child-Centred Practice For professionals working with vulnerable families in our community. Keynote speaker Professor Philip Fisher, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University.  Prof. Fisher’s work focuses on developing and evaluating early childhood interventions in socially and economically marginalized communities, and on translating scientific knowledge for use in social policy and programs.  He is… Read more »

Happy Social Workers Day 20 March 2018!

We’d like to wish social workers a very happy Social Workers Day on 20 March 2018. We hope all social workers will do something to commemorate the day. We also hope social worker employers, colleagues, clients and their families will take a moment on 20 March to reflect on the huge and positive difference social workers make in… Read more »

Mandatory registration Bill first reading

The Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill has had its first reading. Making social worker registration mandatory is something the Social Workers Registration Board has wanted to see for some time so we are pleased to see the new legislation progressing. We are also pleased with the Bill’s dual intent – to protect the public and… Read more »