Report to CSWEANZ on Behalf of the Fit & Proper Working Group
Hughes, Catherine; McNabb, David; Staniforth, B.; Adamson, C.; Hancox, J.; McKechnie, Roz
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Citation:Hughes, C. R., McNabb, D., Staniforth, B., Adamson, C., & Hancox, J., McKechnie, R. (2017). Report to CSWEANZ on Behalf of the Fit & Proper Working Group. Auckland: Council for Social Work Education, Aotearoa New Zealand (CSWEANZ).
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/4340
In February 2015 representatives of the SWRB attended the CSWEANZ meeting and informed the Council that they were going to undertake a review of the Fit and Proper criteria for social work registration. During March 2015, CSWEANZ members and representative schools began an online discussion in response to the information from the SWRB. The salient points from that discussion are summarised on pages 6-7. To facilitate discussion of fit-and-proper criteria, CSWEANZ called for volunteers to form a working group to develop an agreed statement of position. Responsibility for the formation of a working group was assigned to Carole Adamson as a member of the CSWEANZ Executive. Carole put out a call to all CSWEANZ members (35 names on the mailing list covering nineteen member schools) and four people indicated their willingness to be part of a working group. Additionally, another three members indicated their willingness to be involved in a more peripheral manner. The four members of the working group were Barbara Staniforth, Carole Adamson, Catherine Hughes and John Hancox. Carole and Barbara developed the working group’s Terms of Reference (TOR) and circulated these for input and amendments. Once CSWEANZ accepted the terms of reference the working group met in May 2015 to discuss how to best achieve the goals established in the TOR. The group determined that the questions were to be asked in an online questionnaire. It was agreed that a Survey be carried out, the aims of which were based on the TOR: • Gain a picture of the processes that schools of social work used in selection processes and declining applications, as well as ongoing assessment of fit and proper criteria within programmes; • Identify the fit and proper issues that emerge for Schools of Social Work; • Enable schools to develop a shared understanding of the issues and to participate and contribute to national debate and development of guidelines.