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SWRB Chair named on the New Year Honours List

SWRB Chair named on the New Year Honours List Social Workers Registration Board

The SWRB is delighted to congratulate SWRB Chair Shannon Pakura on her inclusion in the New Year Honours List 2022.  Shannon is passionate in her advocacy and support for the social work profession and the difference that social workers make in people’s lives. Social workers work with many who need assistance, they make time for those who are afraid and alone, and without fuss, they drop off food parcels… Read more »

Tangata whenua co-leader for Programme Recognition Standards review

Call for expressions of interest   He ara pūkenga, he ara tauwhiro, hei whakamana mātā waka  The many pathways to knowledge, the many pathways of social work, upholding the dignity of all  We are looking for an experienced tangata whenua social worker to support the Social Workers Registration Board’s review of its Programme Recognition Standards (PRS).   What are our Programme Recognition Standards (PRS)?   All social work… Read more »

COVID-19 Protection Framework – advice for visitors to SWRB

With the move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021, SWRB expects all external visitors to be fully vaccinated and to be able to produce their Vaccine Pass.   Our building landlords have confirmed that they require all visitors and contractors to have a valid Vaccine Pass to enter the premises.  In addition, the SWRB expects to follow the advice laid out in the Public… Read more »

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 »