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


Missing piece in social worker registration bill

Missing piece in social worker registration bill

Social Service Providers Aotearoa will tomorrow tell the social services select committee that some changes are necessary if the Bill on mandatory social worker registration is to achieve its purpose.

SSPA represents community-based organisations providing child and family social services. Social workers make up a significant section of the workforce.

National manager Brenda Pilott says SSPA supports mandatory registration to maintain public accountability and safety and recognise the value of social work as a regulated profession.

“The Bill supports these aims by protecting the title ‘social worker’ so it can only be used by a registered social worker. But it falls down by not defining what social work is,” she says.

“It’s a serious flaw because it leaves it to each individual employer to define a social worker’s scope of practice. This is at odds with a basic purpose of the Bill which is to have a consistent understanding of the profession of social work.”

Brenda Pilott says that without a definition of the scope of practice, an employer can call a social work position something else in order to avoid the compliance costs and processes of registration.

“Social workers are concerned that those who are not registered will face severe disadvantage to their career prospects and earnings potential,” she says.

SSPA will recommend to the select committee that the Social Workers Registration Board be required to have a definition of the scope of practice of social work.

“We will also point out that while mandatory registration is to be welcomed, it will place additional costs on NGOs that are already seriously under-funded. This is an issue the Government must address,” Brenda Pilott adds.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>


Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>


Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>


Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>


Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>


Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>


eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>





InfoPages News Channels