Supervision and learning

Updated: 27 June 2016

Practice changes over time as we learn more about what works with tamariki and their families/whānau. So we need to keeping abreast of new ideas and research. Professional development is on-going. It deepens our knowledge and expertise.

Thinking reflectively about our work is important. Critical engagement in reflective practice will strengthen and maintain professionalism. Oranga Tamariki Practice Framework has a standard called “Use professional supervision”. The professional supervision policy supports this standard. The policy sets expectations for supervisors and practitioners by providing detailed guidance. The policy, the practice standards and the practice standard guidelines all work together.

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Professional supervision

It is important that our staff feel supported in the work that they do. Our work is complex and we need to ensure that there are opportunities to reflect on practice, learn new or different ways of doing things, and maximise the sharing of colleagial skills and experience so that we see our individual and collective practice strengthen over time.

Professional supervision policy

Family group conferences

Care and protection DVD chapters — temporarily unavailable

Youth justice DVD chapters — temporarily unavailable

Learning and Capability Development

Learning and Capability Development builds and maintains staff capability through the provision of learning and professional development programmes, services and education pathways.

Youth Justice Learning Centre

Practice Session: Safety organised practice

See below for links to powerpoint presentations, facilitator guides, and other resources and handouts.

Powerpoint presentation

Facilitator guide


Practice Session: Assessment and analysis

Good assessment is key to effective interventions and improving outcomes for children and young people. It provides us with a roadmap for change and is core to quality social work practice. See below for links to powerpoint presentations, facilitator guides, and other resources and handouts.

Powerpoint presentation (PPT 3.9 MB)

Facilitator guide (PDF 931 KB)

Handouts and recommended reading

Practice Session: Engaging with fathers

Fathers and paternal family are important members of a child or young person's family, and research has shown that their involvement has a positive impact on the outcomes for the child or young person. Sometimes it can be challenging to work with dads, and for this reason we may not always include them in the decision-making for their child.

See below for links to a powerpoint presentation, accompanying notes, a case example, and references about how to better engage with fathers and their family:

Powerpoint presentation (PPT 1.4 MB)

Notes (DOC 43 KB)

Case example (DOC 28 KB)



Oranga Tamariki is committed to having a registered workforce. To demonstrate that commitment, Oranga Tamariki will meet all of the fees associated with competency assessment and registration (including membership fees for Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers if applicable), as well as providing release time and dedicated staff to provide leadership and support to applicants.

Social Worker Registration Board website