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Speaking out: A view of state care from an ex-State Ward

In the video below Paora Moyle offers a Māori practitioner’s view on state care in Aotearoa New Zealand with the added dimension of her own experience as a state care ward. This is a moving account of Paora’s experience of state care and how it has motivated her to embark on her PhD research journey. To find out more about Paora’s research you can participate in the ANZASW webinar on Thursday 14th May 2015 at 1.00pm: Māori-lived experiences of the care and protection FGC in Aotearoa.

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Welcome to the nightmare: Social work, child protection and the punishment of the poor

Nigel Parton’s (2014) recent study of the political context surrounding the ‘reform’ of child protection practice and policy in England contends that the state is pursuing an increasingly authoritarian agenda in relation to a particular section of the population, England’s poorest and most vulnerable families. The neoliberal project involves a shift in responsibility for social outcomes from the state to families.

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Political neutrality: ­ How politically active can Social Workers be?

This guest blog post is by John Darroch.  John has just completed his BSW (Hons) in social work and is currently studying towards his Masters at Auckland University. He has a passion for issues of social justice and grass-roots organising.

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Social work students comment on the views of the Children’s Commissioner and the CYF Review

This guest blog post represents the views of 46 final year social work students at the University of Auckland.

We are a cohort of final year social work students at the University of Auckland and want to share our thoughts on the conversation unfolding around the role and function of social work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Will the budget address the structural causes of poverty?

UNICEF NZ National Advocacy Manager, Deborah Morris-Travers talks about a new push to improve the lives of New Zealand children living in poverty.

Sign the petition to end child poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand.