Tag Archives: whanau

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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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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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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The role of social work in New Zealand’s suicide prevention

By Jamie Blundell  The problem Suicide is a growing international public health concern. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 800,000 deaths per year are due to suicide globally (WHO, 2014 ), a rate which is still increasing. In New Zealand, there … Continue reading

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Increasing Trauma-Informed Care in Youth Justice

By Jane Doe The Youth Justice system in New Zealand is a restorative process which diverts young people from the punitive outcome of conventional criminal justice proceedings. Family group conferences address offending, bringing together young people, whanau, victims and other … Continue reading

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Domestic violence a global issue

The voice of a social work student Domestic violence is a human rights issues, it is not a private trouble but a social problem. Domestic violence does not discriminate on socioeconomic status, race, class, gender, religion or sexual orientation; people … Continue reading

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Responding to the needs of state care abuse survivors

By Fiona Tyler Between the 1950s and the 1980s, 100,000 children were put into state care where we now know physical, sexual and psychological abuse  was prevalent. These children were subject to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment which is a clear … Continue reading

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HMS MVCOT

by Lauren Bartley Child Youth and Family has limped to its long awaited demise and was replaced on April 1st with the shimmering new Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki. Some are revelling in the changes, apparently including social workers, … Continue reading

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Silencing the past deepens the cycle of abuse

by Meralda Grey The New Zealand government has been faced with calls to instigate an independent inquiry into abuse suffered by thousands of children in the state care system. An apology and possible redress for harms suffered is important and … Continue reading

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History never repeats?

by Molly Wilson Between the 1950s and 1980s in New Zealand, more than 100,000 children and young people were removed from their families and put into the care of the State (Stanley 2016, 2017). These children were overwhelmingly Māori and … Continue reading

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