OT control of staff testimony
Some social workers are suspicious of a move by Oranga Tamariki to join a project to survey the experiences of frontline staff, fearing it is trying to control the result. Bonnie Sumner reports
A rift has broken out within New Zealand’s largest professional body of social workers, with a plan to collect the experiences of frontline Oranga Tamariki staff stymied amid division between members and management.
A number of members within the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers say they have significant concerns that a plan to collect the experiences of frontline staff has been compromised following several meetings between their management and Oranga Tamariki executives.
The ANZASW Action Group was set up by members of the organisation in early July as a response to articles highlighting the treatment of social workers within Oranga Tamariki and frustration that social workers’ voices were not included in the five inquiries launched since Newsroom’s video about the attempted uplift of a baby at Hastings hospital.