Social Workers Action Network

A network within the PSA that aims to unify, inspire, inform, and advocate for social workers.

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What is SWAN?

The Social Worker Action Network (SWAN) is a network within the PSA that aims to unify, inspire, inform, and advocate for social workers.

SWAN provides a forum for social work members to come together and organise around the issues facing our community, and ensure that the unique needs of social workers are identified and responded to. SWAN seeks to advocate for the social work community and develop a sense of cohesion, unity and strength amongst social workers.

SWAN Conference, September 2016

The Social Worker Action Network (SWAN) conference was in Auckland in September 2016, with the theme Social Work Identity in a Neoliberal Social, Political and Economic Environment.

Some of the presentations from the conference are available below:

Cultural vs Social Work Identity in 'Whatever' Environment
Robyn Corrigan, Tangata Whenua Social Workers Association.

Social Justice Social Work: A Multi-Country Report on Our Shared Struggle for Fairness and Dignity
Professor Donna Baines, Social Work and Policy Studies, University of Sydney

Neoliberalism and social work (truth, lies and power)
Ian Hyslop

Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice
Edited by Donna Baines

Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Association

Social Work Registration Board

Tangata Whenua Social Work Association

Re-Imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand

Re-Imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand twitter account

PSA members in social work say their future is under fire – and we need to Stand Together to support them!

The select committee report into the Social Worker Registration Legislation Bill is seriously flawed. It will require only people employed in roles using the words “social work” or “social worker” to be registered.

This is a serious assault on the social work profession and we want to encourage members to make their voices heard.

Now is the time to contact your local MP, email or phone them, get a group together and arrange a meeting. Tell them your concerns and why they should vote no on this bill when it is heard in the house.

To help you we have attached detailed talking points, contact information and a copy of the bill.

It’s time to value our social workers!

Copy of the bill submission

Scope of practice document

Talking points on SWRB


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