Children Witnessing Parental Violence: A Social Worker from Aotearoa/New Zealand Responds, response within Case study #1:Children witnessing parental violence
Keddell, Emily; Pukepuke, Tepora
Citation:Keddell, E., and Pukepuke, T. (2013). Children Witnessing Parental Violence: A Social Worker from Aotearoa/New Zealand Responds, response within Case study #1:Children witnessing parental violence, O. Mbazo-Monstheki. J. E. Bettmann, G. Jacques, and C. J. Frost (Eds). International social work practice: Case studies from a global context. pp 5-7. New York, Routledge.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/2933
Social work within each national context is complex and multifaceted—Aotearoa/New Zealand (A/NZ) is no different. Social workers fulfill a vast array of roles ranging from care to control, from agent of the state to activist, from educator to health promoter to family worker. The role of “social worker” has public, sanitized,and carefully delineated definitions made by professional associations, registration boards, and agency-based role descriptions, yet these often belie the underlying rubric of inconsistencies, power dynamics, tensions,and complexities of actual practice. Thus, it’s difficult to state with authority what a typical social worker would do in regard to this case study, as other A/NZ social workers may dispute the version of the “truth” about what actions a social worker might take in this case. Given these general caveats, the presentation here is one possible response within the A/NZ setting to the case study of Amina.