Govt urged to let in more foreign social workers
A British social worker says overseas staff are desperately needed here and they should be allowed a border exemption.
Sarah Griffin, her husband and two children are among those rejected after applying to travel to New Zealand.
She said New Zealand was crying out for social workers, especially to address domestic violence and with initiatives such as eliminating rheumatic fever. Social work experts were the people going into homes and making referrals to health authorities.
"You've got to look at COVID where we've had more poverty, more domestic abuse, all these things, social work is even more important," she said. "Social workers in New Zealand are so stretched, so the children and families are just not getting what they need."
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