Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Concern at no conviction for leaving kids outside casino

Social Workers Registration Board has serious concerns over no conviction for leaving kids outside casino

The Social Workers Registration Board Chairperson, Ms Toni Hocquard, is appalled at the decision to discharge without conviction a woman who left her five children locked in a van in SkyCity's basement car park, while she and her partner gambled, based on the fact she wanted to become a social worker.

The District Court Judge allowed the discharge after hearing evidence that the woman wanted to study to become a social worker. The Police appealed against that decision to the High Court at Auckland, where the Crown said the District Court judge had made an error of law. Justice Peter Woodhouse however found the District Court judge did not make an error of law and the discharge without conviction was upheld.

Ms Hocquard is concerned that as a result of this District Court Decision being upheld by the High Court that the reputation of the social work profession may have been impacted. Social Worker’s behaviour needs to be above reproach, which is why social work students are screened before entering any SWRB recognised qualification to ensure they meet the criteria for “Fit and Proper”. Every applicant for registration as a social worker is also required to complete a full police check that includes an exemption under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004.

Accountability is paramount to protecting future clients, which includes being accountable for actions prior to entering a programme of study.

“Social workers in New Zealand work with the most vulnerable children in society and both the social work profession and the children they work with deserve more respect from the Courts.” said Ms Hocquard.

Social Worker Registration in New Zealand is currently voluntary and the Social Workers Registration Board has called for registration to become mandatory in the recent review of the Social Workers Registration Act presented to parliament in December last year. Anyone can currently claim to be a social worker in New Zealand and they are not required to be registered or vetted by the Police.

“Mandatory registration of social workers is urgently needed to ensure that vulnerable children in New Zealand, and the social work profession, are protected from individuals who do not meet the high standards expected of professional social workers. The Board is aware that this is not an isolated event and there are too many unregulated individuals, claiming to be social workers, causing harm to those already vulnerable. ” said Ms Hocquard.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality.

To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked content of the TPP (b) the secretive way it has been negotiated and (c) the undemocratic way in which any final document would be ratified. Labour has shared some of those concerns, but while remaining generally supportive of the deal itself.

National has, for its part, been very enthusiastic about the TPP, while still giving assurances about Pharmac being protected... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

'Safe To Re-Enter' - OIA Docs: Safety Is Absolute Priority At Pike River Mine

“We understand that the time it is taking to complete our evaluation of the risks is frustrating for the family members and we are trying to complete this work as quickly as we can,” Ms Dunphy says. “It is Solid Energy’s responsibility to make this decision and we will do so, once we have all the information required to make a fully-informed decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news