The shift to mandatory registration is getting closer with all social workers needing to be registered by February 27th, 2021. It’s a great step forward for the profession and one that has long been sought by social workers who will join the ranks of other regulated professionals including teachers, nurses, doctors and lawyers.
It will also reassure the public that all social workers are part of a fully registered workforce which adheres to a Code of Conduct and understands its professional obligations, strengthening trust in the profession.
We know there are some social workers facing hurdles in being able to become registered, either because of the cost or because they need assistance with the process.
In recognition of this, the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki have been working with the SWRB Board, ANZASW, and social service membership/umbrella bodies to be able to offer some assistance to the organisations they hold contracts with:
Costs: If your organisation would like to be able to pay for the registration of your social worker/s, but is unable to do so, they may be able to help you meet the costs. If your social worker is paying for their registration and finding it is difficult; through you, they may be able to receive this assistance as well.
Support: If your social worker/s are finding the process to apply for registration difficult, particularly if they are experienced social workers (10-15 year’s experience of social work in NZ) and they are applying through the experience pathway: S13, they may be able to be supported through this process, either via a buddy system or through one on one support.
To find out more, please contact your Oranga Tamariki advisor or relationship manager.