Project Details

A collaborative, three-year project to develop a professional capabilities framework, clarifying the capabilities of newly qualified social workers and social workers at experienced and advanced levels of practice.

The project includes social work academics from Open Polytechnic, The University of Auckland, Massey University, the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago. The Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) will be represented on the project’s advisory group.

Aims: 

The overall aim of the project is to develop an evidence-informed, industry agreed, professional capabilities framework that:

  • informs the design of pre- and post-qualifying social work education programmes
  • sets clear expectations for the capabilities and continuing professional development of social workers
  • provides a common reference point for the development of a consistent national career structure.

Methodology:

The project will adopt a mixed approach to project design, with each of its three phases beginning with a scan of the relevant literature.

  1. Phase one (2016) will focus on mapping the curriculum using documentary analysis to analyse the curriculum of the 17 social work degree programmes recognised by the Social Workers' Registration Board. Focus group discussions will be held in a sample of institutions. This phase will answer the question: what is the content of the current social work curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand and how does it relate to the ten core competencies of the board?
  2. Phase two (2017) will use survey and interview methods to study the readiness to practice of newly qualified social workers as perceived by graduates, managers and service users. This phase will address the question: how well prepared are newly qualified social workers to enter professional social work practice and how is their learning being supported and enhanced in the workplace?
  3. Phase three (2018) will use the evidence collected during the previous two phases to work with employers, regulators, service users and educators on the co-production of a professional capabilities framework. It will answer the question: what are the professional capabilities, including cultural capabilities, we should expect of newly qualified social workers and of social workers working at beginning, experienced and expert levels of practice?

Team

open polytechnic

Neil Ballantyne

project co-leader

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Open Polytechnic
the university of auckland

Dr Liz Beddoe

Project co-leader

Associate Professor of Social Work, The University of Auckland
massey university

Dr Kathryn Hay

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Massey University
massey university

Dr Jane Maidment

Professor of Social Work, University of Canterbury
university of otago

Shayne Walker

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Otago
open polytechnic

Caitlin Merriman

Research Assistant

Open Polytechnic

Status

In progress

Funding

$324,474.00 (excl GST)

$160,000.00 National Project Fund
$164,474.00 Open Polytechnic, The University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Canterbury, and the University of Otago

Key Findings

Key Recommendations

Literature review

LITERATURE SCAN | Social Work Education, Curriculum Mapping and Educational Taxonomies

A report prepared by Neil Ballantyne, Liz Beddoe, Kathryn Hay, Jane Maidment and Shayne Walker. 

(PDF, 1.5 MB, 24-pages).

  • 16 April 2017
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Literature review

LITERATURE SCAN | Readiness to Practise

A report prepared by Neil Ballantyne, Liz Beddoe, Kathryn Hay, Jane Maidment and Shayne Walker.

(PDF, 1.5 MB, 38-pages).

  • 6 December 2017
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Report

Technical report one: Methods for the creation of Terms for Indexing Social Work Education in Aotearoa New Zealand (TISWEANZ)

A technical report prepared by Neil Ballantyne, Liz Beddoe, Kathryn Hay, Jane Maidment and Shayne Walker.

(PDF, 627 KB, 12-pages).

  • 6 December 2016
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Report

Technical report two: Analysis of curriculum documents

A technical report prepared by Neil Ballantyne, Liz Beddoe, Kathryn Hay, Jane Maidment and Shayne Walker.

(PDF, 641 KB, 12-pages).

  • 6 December 2016
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Report

Technical report three: TISWEANZ Taxonomy

A technical report prepared by Neil Ballantyne, Liz Beddoe, Kathryn Hay, Jane Maidment and Shayne Walker.

(PDF, 882 KB, 18-pages).

  • 6 December 2016
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Report

IMPACT STATEMENT | Enhancing the Readiness to Practise of Newly Qualified Social Workers in Aotearoa New Zealand (Enhance R2P)

An impact statement that details the outputs that have been produced from this project and how they are currently being used by social workers and in government. 

  • 30 August 2019
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Literature review

LITERATURE SCAN | Professional Capabilities Framework

A literature scan of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) in England which outlines clear and reasonable expectations of social workers at each stage of their career. This literature scan explores the levels of capabilities, the effectiveness of it and challenges that may be faced. 

(PDF, 1.2 MB, 23-pages).

  • 30 August 2019
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