Core elements of our practice approach
Our approach helps us work more effectively with tamariki and whānau Māori. However, the mana-enhancing paradigm and Te Ao Māori principles of oranga (wellbeing) are relational, inclusive and restorative, and therefore have benefits for all children and families.
A mana-enhancing paradigm for practice recognises that it is possible to undertake our challenging and complex mahi in a way that is respectful, relational and restorative. The mana-enhancing paradigm has a strong foundation in social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand and embodies 5 core components:
- Te Ao Māori is valuable knowledge – it helps guide and enhance our relationships with tamariki/mokopuna, rangatahi and whānau.
- The significance of history – through which underlying and intergenerational trauma and resilience can be understood.
- Valuing narratives as cultural identity helps to understand what tamariki/mokopuna, rangatahi and whānau experience, value, identify and connect with.
- Māori concepts of wellbeing are critical to understanding, maintaining, restoring and strengthening oranga.
- Principled practice means knowing and understanding the influence of who we are, and why we think and behave the way we do in our practice.
Te Ao Māori principles of oranga (wellbeing) are central to Oranga Tamariki social work practice. They help us understand the journey of oranga for all tamariki, families, whānau, hapū, iwi and family groups we work with.
How we are approaching our practice
We are moving from a predominantly western, eurocentric practice position to a Māori-centred position. This involves:
- supporting and developing our kaimahi to embrace our practice approach
- enabling Oranga Tamariki systems to support our practice approach and reduce inequities
- enabling our partners to practise effectively with tamariki, whānau, hapū and iwi.
Resources for applied practice
Engaging in courses, reading and other activities contributes to your SWRB CPD log.
Report of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on a Māori perspective for the Department of Social Wel
Issues that inhibit and facilitate the work of pākehā and non-Māori involved in kaupapa Māori educat
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