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Reimagining Social Work (RSW) is a collective of social workers, social work academics, researchers and others who share a commitment to the development of modern, progressive, inclusive, democratic and culturally responsive social work services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Reimagining Social Work the RSW Collective

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Reimagining Social Work (RSW) is a collective of social workers, social work academics, researchers and others who share a commitment to the development of modern, progressive, inclusive, democratic and culturally responsive social work services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    The Prevention Project - a conversation with Emily Keddell

    The Prevention Project - a conversation with Emily Keddell

    In this episode, Deb Stanfield interviews Emily Keddell (University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand) for the RSW collective. Emily speaks to The Prevention Project: Supporting Whānau and Reducing Baby Removals, a project undertaken with colleagues Luke Fitzmaurice and Kerri Cleaver. 

    Emily explains the background to the project and shares its key findings, which include the important mediating role of community social workers and other professionals, the value of a poverty-informed perspective, and the role of community building initiatives to improve social networks of whānau. Improving the pathways into, and availability of, early, intensive, culturally responsive services and enabling a whole of whānau orientation to practice are key promoters of preventing entry to care. 

    Devolving power and resources to build the availability of such services, particularly by Māori, for Māori services, was suggested as a way to help build the capacity of these kinds of services. Whānau involved with Oranga Tamariki around the time of birth reported the trusting, non-judgemental and supportive relationships with community-based workers, and focussing on intrinsic motivating factors such as love for children, helped them navigate Oranga Tamariki intervention, and their own personal struggles, to retain care.



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    • 23 min
    Dissenting Social Work – a conversation with Paul Michael Garrett

    Dissenting Social Work – a conversation with Paul Michael Garrett

    In this episode, Ian Hyslop interviews Paul Garrett of  NUI (National University of Ireland, Galway) for the RSW Collective. Paul is a much read and respected theorist and writer in relation to the political context of social work and its implications for education and practice futures.

    Dr Garrett  discusses his recent response to the provocative ‘end of social work’ critique offered by Chris  Maylea. While acknowledging the difficulties associated with critical practice he suggests that social work  does not sit outside of the tensions facing the liberal capitalist system globally. Referring to Gramsci’s notion of ‘conjunctures’ he points to climate change, uneven social suffering, the geopolitical unrest which is fuelling a refugee and migrant crisis, and the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Add to this the political resurgence of the populist right and unprecedented for state surveillance and we indeed are living at a challenging cross roads. Garrett argues that we can not choose to live apart from these structuring realities – but that where there is power and reaction there is resistance and solidarity. As workers and social citizens there is, as there always has been, a different world to be won. Dissent is a necessity


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    • 30 min
    Past patterns and present provocations: understanding child protection through the lens of history.

    Past patterns and present provocations: understanding child protection through the lens of history.

    In this conversation, Emily Keddell discusses the history of child welfare in Aotearoa with Ian Hyslop. Ian’s forthcoming book on the subject sparks a wide ranging discussion of the intersections between historical events, reforms politics and practices with the concerns and practices of the current system.


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    • 16 min
    What is radical social work?

    What is radical social work?

    Neil Ballantyne is in conversation with Iain Fergusson, professor of social work, advisory editor of the journal of Critical and Radical Social Work and co-founder of the Social Work Action Network. Neil talks to Iain about the radical social work tradition and how radical social workers can maintain their stance in these deeply neoliberal times.


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    • 13 min
    What is feminism?

    What is feminism?

    Emily Keddell is in conversation with Liz Beddoe about feminist theory in social work. Emily asks Liz about the different types of feminist theory, about their application to social work practice and about the continuing importance of feminism for social workers. 


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    • 11 min
    What is social policy?

    What is social policy?

    Neil Ballantyne interviews Liz Beddoe about the social policy text she edited with Jane Maidment. Neil asks Liz three questions:  What is social policy? What is unique about social policy in Aotearoa?Why do social work students need to study social policy?


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    • 9 min

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