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Interview with Judge Carolyn Henwood & Dr Russell Wills

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:45:39 +1200 | The Nation

Children's Commissioner says New Zealand doesn't have enough social workers or caregivers, "we need more investment" and he expects the government's reform of CYFs will mean more money and trainingMore >>

The state of child protection in New Zealand

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:07:19 +1200 | Paora Moyle

Institutional racism is at the heart of the ‘current state’ of child protection in Aotearoa New Zealand. It has been for more than thirty years.Aptly described by a rangatahi participant in my research who'd just been in a youth justice residence ...More >>

This weekend on The Nation: Children, Clark, Refugees

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:24:25 +1200 | The Nation

After two scathing reports into the abuse and neglect of children in state care this week, Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills and Judge Carolyn Henwood come together for their first joint interview to discuss what needs to happen next.More >>

Healthy Families NZ launched in Waitakere

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:07:47 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched Healthy Families Waitakere in West Auckland. “Healthy Families NZ will improve people's health where they live, learn, work and play, as a way to prevent obesity and chronic illness," says Dr Coleman. ...More >>

Address underlying causes of child neglect and abuse - CPAG

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:46:37 +1200 | CPAG

The Child Poverty Action Group says the Government must address the underlying causes of child abuse and neglect to keep children safe in our communities. More >>

CYFs report - Too much talk - not enough walk

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:34:38 +1200 | Big Buddy

August 28, 2015 A social agency working with fatherless boys says the lack of Government action on protecting children in care beggars belief. Big Buddy CEO Richard Aston has been lobbying for better screening of caregivers for five years and says the ...More >>

CYF must adopt a Whanau Ora approach

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:13:09 +1200 | Te Pou Matakana

The chair of the North Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency says CYF must adopt a Whanau Ora approach when working with children and young people. More >>

Seven Years on And National is in No Rush to Help Children

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:53:53 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

Seven years under a National government has done nothing to improve the appalling outcomes for New Zealand children in state care, says New Zealand First. More >>

Social Services Sector Conference in Whangarei

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:20:14 +1200 | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) have chosen Whangarei as the location for their 2015 national conference 17th and 18th September. The conference “Maranga Mai! Standing Strong Together” will be held in Toll Stadium and will showcase best ...More >>

Nats playing politics with social workers

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:05:17 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

National is playing politics by refusing to support a member’s bill requiring registration of social workers despite the Children’s Commissioner saying upskilling is vital, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.More >>

Staff need stronger Māori cultural capability

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:01:16 +1200 | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leader, Marama Fox, has today asked questions of the Social Development Minister in the wake of the Children’s Commissioner’s report, State of Care, 2015.More >>

Urgent Action Needed for Children in Care

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:23:51 +1200 | Maori Women's Welfare League

The Maori Women's Welfare League welcomes the Children's Commissioner's Report "State of Care 2015" and hopes this will provide the impetus to compel much needed change to the existing system.More >>

Kids Classes at New Dunedin Cookery School

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:20:50 +1200 | BrandAmp

Dunedin parents wrestling with how to keep kids amused in the September holidays have a new option - children’s cookery classes at Art of Cuisine. More >>

Report highlights continued underfunding of CYF

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:21:26 +1200 | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) welcomes the detailed scrutiny of Child, Youth and Family (CYF) in the Children’s Commissioner’s State of Care report. More >>

State of Care Report 2015 -SSPA

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:57:04 +1200 | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

SSPA is encouraged by the State of Care 2015 report released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner which has brought the voice of children and their expectations from state care into the public domain. It affirms the New Zealand public’s ...More >>

Save the Children NZ Welcomes Report

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:37:31 +1200 | Save The Children

Save the Children New Zealand says too many of our most vulnerable children are being let down by Children Youth and Family. More >>

Human Rights Commission welcomes CYFS review

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:21:35 +1200 | Human Rights Commission

We owe it to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders – children and adults – to learn from and never repeat the trauma and pain they have endured while under the “care” of their own Government says the Human Rights Commission.More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Children’s Commission report on CYF

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:37:03 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “ dump and run culture of neglect " is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. ...More >>

Families Call for Parental Notification Laws

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:18:36 +1200 | Family First

Family First NZ is calling on politicians to reflect the concerns and wishes of families and ensure that young pregnant girls in a crisis situation receive the family support they deserve and need.More >>

More paid parental leave best option for our babies

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:00:18 +1200 | NZEI

Extending paid parental leave will give more children a better start in life particularly in light of a recent report which found that nearly half of early childhood centres did not provide quality learning for under-twos.More >>


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