Social Justice in New Zealand
It's hard to believe, but 1 in 5 children are growing up in New Zealand below the poverty line. Many of these kids go to school with no breakfast, and often spend the day unable to focus on their study because they have no lunch.
Life can be very tough for the most vulnerable in society, the young, the ageing and the sick; the media feeds us examples of these on a regular basis. What about those who have fallen on hard times, are impacted by decisions beyond their control, are in abusive relationships, have lost their home or simply feel unheard? Who brings their plight into focus?
In New Zealand, we need caring, passionate people prepared to stand in the gap, develop trusting relationships and be advocates for those who need help and support.
Social workers can bridge this gap, working in many areas including:
Useful Social Justice Links
Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa Inc.Age Concern New Zealand
Alzheimers New Zealand
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand
New Zealand Cancer Society
Carers New Zealand
Change for our Children
Child Poverty Action Group
Child Youth and Family: Practice Centre
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
Community Housing Aotearoa
Health and Disability Commission
Housing New Zealand Corporation
Human Rights Commission: Race Relations
Mental Health Commission
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Social Development
Ministry of Women's Affairs
National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges Inc.
New Zealand Council of Social Services
New Zealand Council of Social Workers
New Zealand Red Cross
New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network
Overview of the Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Parent to Parent New Zealand
podsocs: podcasts for social workers
Presbyterian Support New Zealand
Social Work Registration Board (SWRB)
Te Kahui Atawhai O Te Motu Inc.
The Youth Mentoring Trust
YMCA New Zealand
BTI Social Work Programme Information
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