Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Supporting at-risk children and families

Hon Steve Maharey
Minister of Social Services and Employment

Hon Tariana Turia
Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment (Social Services)

15 June 2000

Supporting at-risk children and families

Extra social workers, more money for Mäori to help Mäori and better resources to tackle youth crime are features of a significant funding package for the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, Social Services and Employment Ministers Steve Maharey and Tariana Turia said today.

CYFS will receive an extra $36 million in Year One, increasing to around $40 million by Year Four.

“The increase reflects the Government’s determination to build up the Department’s capacity to deal more effectively with at-risk children and families.

“The extra 22 social workers will allow Child, Youth and Family to be more responsive to the community’s needs, and will mean more money for Mäori social services providers.

“The $36 million comprises $8.8 million in new funding and $27.2 million of previously contingent or time-limited funding. The previous government left the Department in a very vulnerable financial position which we have worked hard to turn around by agreeing to one of the biggest increases in baseline for any government department.

New money in Year One includes:
 $3.5 million extra for Iwi and Mäori provider workforce development [including Iwi social services]
 $2.7 million extra for family group conference outcomes
 $1.1 million for family violence prevention, including women’s refuge services
 A $1 million fund to support new Mäori initiatives to reduce Mäori youth offending
 $500,000 to help develop Pacific peoples social services providers

“Significant new resources will assist in building the capacity of Mäori social services organisations.

“A total of $3.5 million worth of Iwi and Mäori provider workforce development money will help Mäori social service providers access training, infrastructure and set-up funding. There will be an innovations fund to help provide new services
designed by Mäori for Mäori, as well as new cash to help develop Pacific Islands social services.

"Child, Youth and Family will also administer the new $1 million Mäori youth contestable fund for Mäori initiatives specifically aimed at reducing Mäori youth offending. The fund will increase to $3 million in following years.

“This initiative, coupled with confirmation of $9.9 million in Year One increasing to $10.5 million a year thereafter, for expansion of the Department’s previously announced Youth Services Strategy, is designed specifically to tackle youth crime and get young offenders back on track,” said Mr Maharey.

The $2.7 million in extra funding for Family Group Conferences will assist at risk children to get the services and support they need. This funding will increase to $4.3 million in following years.

Mr Maharey said an improved performance by Child, Youth and Family was also a factor in securing the $27.2 million of contingent or time-limited funding now being included in the Department’s baseline.

Other services this money will provide, besides paying for extra social workers, are:
 a national call centre to streamline the processing of notifications, and
 the expansion of the Youth Services Strategy programmes aimed at repeat youth offenders.

“I now look forward to receiving later this year the reviews of the Department’s child referral, notification and placement procedures being carried out by former judge Mick Brown to see if there are further areas that can be improved upon,” said Mr Maharey.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>


School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>


IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>


Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>




InfoPages News Channels