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Social Workers Registration Board welcomes incoming CE
The Social Workers Registration Board is pleased to announce the appointment of their new Chief Executive. Sarah Clark will be joining the organisation at the begining of June, says Shayne Walker, Chair of the Board.
"We welcome Sarah, and her skills and experience developed over 25 years of working in the public sector. Most recently Sarah has been a Director at Superu (formerly the Families Commission), and prior to that was Director of the Office for Seniors, at the Ministry for Social Development. She brings an engaging leadership style with strong relationship building skills and an understanding of the wider social sector."
"I am very much looking forward to joining the team and building on the strong platform of work currently underway", says new CE Sarah Clark . "Social workers play a hugely important role within our communities and families and I have the greatest respect for their contribution and the work that they do. I also look forward to supporting the Board in their role as regulator at a time when there is potential change on the horizon, through the introduction of mandatory registration."
The Board would like to express their thanks to outgoing CE, Sean McKinley, and Jan Duke who has been acting in the role during the recruitment process.
Shayne Walker & The Board of SWRB
To apply for social work registration in New Zealand, please complete the online application that is now available. Before you apply for registration, please first check that you are eligible to apply by answering a couple of questions. If you are eligible, create an account and start the process. There are guidenotes throughout the process to help you complete your application for registration. Once you have completed the online application, you will be emailed a list of documents to submit. Once you have submitted all the documents requested we will begin processing your application. Click Here to find out more.
PLEASE NOTE we are no longer accepting paper application forms for registration.
From that the SWRB have developed a draft general 'scope of practice' for social work. The Board wishes to invite any suggestions or comments about the content of these draft definitions. Please click on the link to view the consultation document.
As part of a wider SWRBs review of the operation of the Social Workers Registration Act 2003, the Minister for Social Development was presented with an issues paper. The paper identified and discussed key issues with the current operation of the Act, including its relationship with other legislation, such as the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. In June 2016 the Minister decided to refer the Legal Issues Paper to the Social Services Select Committee. The Minister asked the committee to consider the issues raised and the options for addressing them, with a view to making recommendations to the Government for legislative reform.
The report from the Social Services Select Committee can be accessed through the following link:
The SWRB newsletter regarding the resignation of the CE, Sean McKinley, is now available to view. Click here to view