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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 »

Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding between The Social Workers Registration Board and The Ministry of Social Development document can be downloaded by clicking on the document below. A Memorandum of Understanding between The Social Workers Registration Board and Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) document can be downloaded by clicking on the document below.

Another Step Towards Mandatory Registration

The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and Cabinet Paper on legislative changes to increase the professionalism of the social work workforce have been released. Both documents can be accessed on the Ministry of Social Development website here The Social Workers Registration Board is pleased that another step has been taken to make social worker registration mandatory… Read more »

Media Statement

Social Workers Registration Board welcomes plans for mandatory registration Today the Chair of the Social Workers Registration Board, Shayne Walker, welcomed the Government’s announcement to introduce legislation to allow for mandatory registration of social workers. “The Board are very pleased with the news that mandatory registration is to be implemented,’ said Board chair, Shayne Walker…. Read more »

Social Workers Registration Board members

Shayne Walker RSW – Chairperson Turitea Bolstad Michelle Derrett RSW Dianne Belz-Wepa RSW Lisa-Marie King RSW Leisa Moorhouse RSW Shirley Ikkala RSW Khoa Nguyen Scott Thomson Paula Rose