Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Urgency Needed On Mandatory Registration Of Social Workers

Asenati Lole-Taylor MP
Spokesperson for Social Policy/Welfare
31 January 2013

Urgency Needed On Mandatory Registration Of Social Workers

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.

A 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.

Social Policy/Welfare spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor says it is imperative that social workers are registered, particularly if they are going to work with vulnerable children.

“In the last census 14,000 people identified themselves as social workers yet only 3425 are registered. Experts predict a further 2500-4500 would meet registration.

“That 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.

“The statistics show us that there is about a 50 per cent chance that a social worker isn’t qualified. That is shocking.”

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.

“We accept that most social workers are honest, hardworking people but clearly a small percentage aren’t.

“The experts 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 action now.”

--

nzfirst.org.nz | twitter.com/winstonpeters | facebook.com/winstonpeters

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news