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Committee to examine social work laws

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/06/2016

A parliamentary committee is going to take a close look at the laws around social work.

Alfred Ngaro, chairman of the cross-party social services select committee, says it wants to find out how well the legislation is working.

It will hold an inquiry, and wants to hear what the public has to say.

"It's important we hear the public's views so that we can make well-informed decisions about what, if any, changes are necessary to improve social work in New Zealand," Mr Ngaro said.

"We are specifically inviting submissions on the points included in our terms of reference."

The terms of reference include:

* Whether registration of social workers should be mandatory

* The adequacy of current competence assessments

* The level of oversight by the Social Workers Registration Board

* The processes and powers of the Complaints Assessment Committee.

The closing date for submissions is July 13.

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