Welcome to the enhanceR2P project

NPF Logo - low resWe are delighted to announce that the enhanceR2P project has been selected for National Project Funding by Ako Aotearoa. enhanceR2P is a social work education research project designed to enhance the readiness to practise of newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in Aotearoa New Zealand.  The project is a collaborative one involving social work researchers from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, the University of Auckland, Massey University and the University of Canterbury.

The project is funded for three years and each year will have a different but related focus or phase: phase one will map the social work curriculum in Aotearoa New Zealand investigating the topics taught in all participating institutions; phase two will inquire into the readiness to practise of NQSWs in their first year of post-qualifying practice; and phase three will involve a a highly participatory process for the co-production of a Professional Capabilities Framework clarifying the capabilities of NQSWs and social workers at experienced, advanced and expert levels of practice.

The official start date for the project is the beginning of 2016, but we are now in project start-up mode preparing and making plans for the work ahead. The research team regard this project as a three-year long conversation with the social work community – social workers, employers, service users, educators and students – in order to arrive at a framework that can be used to support learning and development across the whole social work career journey. We plan to use this website to inform and engage with stakeholders. We welcome your comments, questions and feedback on our progress. Welcome to the korero.

Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi.

With red and black the work will be complete.

The slides below offer a quick overview of the project, or you can use the menu above to explore the three project phases in more detail.