Urgency Needed On Mandatory Registration Of Social Workers
Asenati Lole-Taylor MP
31 January 2013
Urgency Needed On Mandatory Registration Of
New Zealand First is
renewing calls for the mandatory registration of social
workers after the Government announced the expansion of its
Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) programme.
further 80 schools will be covered in the expanded SWiS
programme, with 35 new full time social workers already
announced for primary schools in Kaipara, Greater Auckland
and the South Island.
spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor says it is imperative that
social workers are registered, particularly if they are
going to work with vulnerable children.
last census 14,000 people identified themselves as social
workers yet only 3425 are registered. Experts predict a
further 2500-4500 would meet registration.
means about 6000 social workers of doubtful ability are out
there doing whatever they think they should be doing, and
potentially causing all sorts of damage.
statistics show us that there is about a 50 per cent chance
that a social worker isn’t qualified. That is
Mrs Lole-Taylor says the Public Service
Association, Children’s Commissioner and social work
education providers are all on the record as supporting the
registration of all social workers.
that most social workers are honest, hardworking people but
clearly a small percentage aren’t.
support our calls for mandatory registration which would
help weed out the shonky operators.
“It is time
for the Government to stop sitting on its hands and take
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