Public perception of social work and social workers in Aotearoa New Zealand

Barbara Staniforth, Christa Fouché, Liz Beddoe


There have been limited studies that have looked at how the public perceive social workers and the profession of social work. This study reports results of a telephone survey in which 386 members of the public in Aotearoa New Zealand were asked about their beliefs and impressions about social work and social workers. Study findings demonstrate that members of the public surveyed appeared relatively well informed about what social workers do, and were generally positive in their views.


social work profession; public perception of social work;

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