Social work

What is Social Work?

Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals and families to enhance their well-being.  It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems.

Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and domestic violence.

Human rights and social justice are the philosophical underpinnings of social work practice. 

 

What we can offer

Our social worker will work along side you to improve your situation.  Our social worker can provide you with the knowledge needed to make informed choices for yourself and your family, and can see you either at our offices in Waipukurau or we can meet you at your home.

What you can expect

When meeting with our social worker you can expect the following:

  • You will be treated with dignity
  • You will be treated with respect
  • We don't judge
  • Your privacy will be respected
  • Your culture will be recognised and celebrated.

We believe that you already possess the strengths needed to make the desired life changing decisions.  Our social worker will work along side you to unlock that potential.

 

Family Violence

Violence can be physical, psychological (emotional) or sexual.  Isolation behaviour, economic abuse and coercion and threats are typical signs of abusive actions.

It is never OK for your partner or any family member to use violence to hurt or control you.

What we can offer

Our Family Violence Social Worker will work along side you to improve your situation.  We can provide you with the knowledge needed to make informed choices for yourself and for the safety and well-being of your children. 

We can see you either at our premises in Waipukurau or we can meet with you at your home.

If you are in an abusive relationship, it can help to develop a plan to stay safe - while in the relationship and if you decide to leave.  A safety plan can involve:

  • Having emergency numbers memorised
  • Getting copies of important documents (i.e passport, birth certificates)
  • Planning an escape route, for when your partner becomes violent.

If you are in immediate danger, dial 111 and ask for the Police.