I have been a member of the SWRB since February 2013 and have recently been appointed as Deputy Chair. My background is in law providing advocacy services to those in the Taranaki Region. As a Criminal Lawyer and Youth Advocate I work closely with social service organisations and agencies.
I value the hard work social workers contribute to our communities and have sought to support social workers and the profession in my capacity as a Board Member. In addition I have previously sat on the Taranaki District Law Society, Taranaki Community Law Centre and currently hold the position of presiding member of the Taranaki Lotteries Distribution Committee. I am also a current board member of Mahia Mai A Whai Tara.
Sara Georgeson lived and worked for a number of years in Palmerston North, but now lives in Wellington. She has a background in social work (but has not practised for a number of years), tertiary education and disability support services, and more recently in project management and policy roles. Sara has a particular interest in disability rights and strategic issues. She is an experienced consumer advisor and has strong connections in the health and disability sectors.
In 2006, Sara was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her work on disability issues. Sara is currently working part-time with the New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) as a policy analyst.
As a board member she is committed to working to ensure that social work in Aotearoa New Zealand has high professional standards and that social workers are well prepared to meet the ever changing needs of the individuals, families, groups and communities they work with and alongside. This means continuing to work for mandatory registration of social workers and the protection of the title of Social Work as a profession.
Dianne Wepa is of Ngāti Kahungunu descent. Dianne is a registered social worker and has a background in mental health, clinical/cultural supervision and nursing/social work education. As an associate lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, Dianne has developed expert knowledge in the field of cultural safety education, Māori health and research ethics. She has presented at conferences throughout New Zealand, the South Pacific, USA and Canada. She has published text books in cultural safety and clinical supervision. Currently, Dianne is studying towards completing her Phd with a focus on cultural safety within the hospital and communities settings in Hawke's Bay.
Under section 105 Social Workers Registration Act 2003 the Board issue and maintain a Code of Conduct. These cover the minimum standards of intergrity and conduct that apply to social workers.
The Board have recently revised the Code and here is the link to the new, revised Code. Consultation Code of Conduct
The consultation period will end at 5pm on 1 February 2016.
Kaitiakitanga Framework Consultation Hui
Competency to practice social work with Māori is an ongoing debate to ensure safe and culturally responsive services for Māori engaging with Social Workers. How competency is assessed, what measures and process is used and the framework to define competency has been challenged by Tāngata Whenua over many years. How do we ensure that tāngata whenua practices are validated and bi-cultural practices (by all those who are not Māori working with Māori) are consistant and do no harm?
A draft 'kaitiakitanga' framework grounded in Te Ao Māori principles has been developed and is out for consultation with Māori practitioners. Hui for non-Māori practitioners will be posted when they are confirmed. Your feedback and contributions are important. Please follow the link to take the survey monkey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Kaitiakitanga and you can download the Kaitiakitanga Draft Concept document here