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I'm a social work researcher in Aotearoa New Zealand

Self-care, an overlooked core competency in paediatric social work

By Lucy Warner Contrary to popular belief, not all social workers in New Zealand work for Oranga Tamariki, nor are they all “middle-aged, grey haired woman in bright coloured but comfortable clothes, wearing a Māori pendant and comfortable shoes” (Staniforth, … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the ‘work’ of health social work

By Jane T Social work has a long and respected history within health care settings (Giles, 2013). Within New Zealand, health social work has a sixty year history, marked by a number of key changes (Beddoe & Deeney, 2012). Social … Continue reading

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Meeting at the crossroads: community social work and preventative practice

By Riley Pearson Social work is a unique discipline which allows practitioners to be involved in the lives of the community in a multitude of ways. While key fields include Child Protection and Health, we will explore Community Social Work, in … Continue reading

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The mental health social worker

By Sarah Daniel Mental health is a topic of great debate in the current climate, and, if we’re honest, it has been for many years. As a budding social worker interested in engaging in the field of mental health, what … Continue reading

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What could social workers do in China for mental health?

By Ke Mental health issue is more than a medical problem. Newton (1988) sets three factors that contributes to mental disorder. These are predisposing or vulnerability factor (i.e. genetic components and previous mental health history of individual and family), social … Continue reading

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Health social work: No day the same

By Jennz It was Day 1 and I was entering the hospital as a student social worker, in acute allied health.  This is the area of practice where I had always envisaged myself working.  What was in store for me … Continue reading

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Serving those ignored by the State: Social work with internally displaced persons

By Noella Edwards My path to a social work degree has in part been influenced by experiences of being, for several years of my life, an internally displaced person (IDP) in my country, India. An identity based political movement in my … Continue reading

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Older and wiser? Social work with older adults

By Faith Gatsby When we think of front line social work practice, the first thing that immediately comes to mind is the important work that is carried out on behalf of vulnerable children and their families. I want to however … Continue reading

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Care and Protection – giving voice back to our whānau and tamariki

by The Social Worker  I recognise that the core role of the Care and Protection (C&P) social worker is helping children and young people to feel safe and to be safe in their family. The New Zealand C&P is deeply … Continue reading

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