Social Development Minister Paula Bennett joined in celebrations with social workers in Wellington to mark National Social Workers Day on Wednesday 25 September 2013. The day is promoted by the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.
“Social work is an incredibly demanding and difficult area, and social workers do a superb job supporting vulnerable children and families,” Mrs Bennett said.
“I also want to acknowledge and thank all social workers who work with district health boards, schools, non-government organisations, and other organisations. Their contributions are significant.”
“Social work is tough, and while CYF social workers can often face criticism and blame, they’re far less likely to be recognised for the amazing work they do.”
“Today is a chance for us to acknowledge the crucial role social workers play in protecting our vulnerable children, and the positive difference they make for families every day.”
The New Zealand press published interviews and stories about the daily work of social workers, including: