Tag Archives: social justice

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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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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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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Family violence and social work

By: Fiona Tyler In New Zealand, 1 in 3 women[1] have experienced family violence, and similar numbers are reflected in countries around the world. Social work in this field takes place both on the micro level, to address the immediate threats … Continue reading

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Let’s work together: Older people’s mental health multidisciplinary teams

By PureArrow Every day we’re getting older, wiser, and more knowledgeable and … closer to being able to avoid mental health difficulties. Right? Wrong!  Unfortunately as we age (and yes globally this population is growing rapidly) the risk of having … Continue reading

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Maternity social work: When one becomes two

By A. Rand The recently announced reforms issued by the newly formed Ministry of Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki (MVCOT) indicates a strong focus of care that will consist of a child-centred approach, in which the needs of children would be considered … Continue reading

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Getting personal with poverty

By Genii Law I am now close to the fourth quarter of my journey towards a social work qualification.  As I reflect upon the motivations that have brought me this far, I recall having conversations about why I wanted to get … Continue reading

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Social work: Putting out fires for those who “deserve” it

By Lauren Bartley The centuries-old distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor that dictated who was deserving of charity and social assistance, and who was not, seems to be making a crafty comeback in New Zealand. Developed during the reign of … Continue reading

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I am not Indigenous

by Pākehā A significant matter of concern to social work practice internationally, is work with indigenous populations. I am Palagi, Pākehā, Tauiwi and am a social work student soon to begin practice in Aotearoa with clients including Tangata Whenua.

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