New survey “Coming Home ” is live
Social work is becoming a more mobile profession. A group of researchers in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland decided to find out about social workers practising in New Zealand who had gained their social work qualifications elsewhere. The ‘Crossing Borders’ team of Christa Fouché, Liz Beddoe, Allen Bartley and Phil Harington developed a mixed method study.
We wanted to explore the experiences of social workers who were qualified overseas and the key professional issues they faced practising in New Zealand. In a three-phase project we first examined information about the 234 registered social workers in New Zealand with an overseas social work qualification; this was reported locally (Bartley et al., 2011). At that time about 10% of registered social workers in New Zealand gained their social work qualification overseas. This was followed by a series of key informant focus groups with 18 overseas-qualified social workers recruited through personal and professional networks. Our analysis highlighted eleven themes in the experiences of overseas qualified social workers in New Zealand. The third phase was an online survey of 294 migrant social workers, derived from the themes of the focus group data.
Our new project is “Coming Home”- an anonymous on-line questionnaire about the experiences of New Zealand qualified social workers who have practised in another country and now returned to practice in New Zealand.
Read more about our work at the project blog Crossing Borders
Bartley, A., Beddoe, L., Fouché, C. B., & Harington, P. (2012). Transnational social workers: Making the profession a transnational professional space. International Journal of Population Research, 2012 . Read here.