What is a Social Worker?
Social Workers are trained to promote social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment of people to enhance well-being. We utilise theories of human behaviour and social systems: the principles of human rights, social justice, an individual’s welfare, both with adults and children are fundamental to social work.
Social work is an interrelated system of values, theory and practice. Social Workers work with people to enable all people to develop their full potential, enrich their lives, and prevent dysfunction. The safety of clients is paramount.
Social Workers may work in a variety of settings ranging from Hospital, Statutory, Community and Education. Professional social work is focused on problem solving and we are change agents in society and in the lives of the individuals, families and communities they serve.
Social Workers work within a specific Code of Ethics and Values. They can be members of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and meet the Registration Competency requirements in order to be New Zealand Registered Social Workers.
Merit Progression Steps for Social Workers as per APEX Social Worker Collective 01/08/2015 – 30/11/2017.