Parliament

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

 

Child, Youth and Family boosts performance


Child, Youth and Family boosts performance

Child, Youth and Family achieved sustained performance improvements in the 2001-2002 financial year.

Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey tabled the department’s annual report tabled in Parliament today. He said the Brown Review, completed in 2000 made recommendations about how the department could improve its performance.

“New Directions – the department’s programme for change in response to Mick Brown’s review – has been the focus of the department’s work over the past year.

“The department has responded to the issues raised in the report and improved performance while managing an increase in child welfare cases. It has also substantially reduced unallocated cases and implemented a range of initiatives to improve care provided to children and young people and to improve the ways the department works with the community,” said Steve Maharey.

Achievements during the year shown in the report include: Child, Youth and Family Youth and Family managed 27,507 notifications of child abuse, neglect or welfare issues in the year ending 30 June 2002, up three per cent on the previous year; the focus on retaining social work staff has seen turnover in the department drop from 15.1 per cent to 12.3 per cent; and the government’s increased funding provided in last year’s Budget to implement the department’s Care Services Strategy, resulted in the appointment of 36 care specialist staff (at June 02).

Steve Maharey says Child, Youth and Family is determined to keep improving the way it helps at-risk children and families.

“The government is focused on achieving further improvements over the coming year. Priorities include ensuring improved processes for children and young people entering into and leaving care, and an increased level of permanency through care plans that are developed for young people in care.

“We will also be delivering better youth justice services and a residential services strategy that will provide more purpose-built residential facilities throughout New Zealand are another focus, and improve the way Child, Youth and Family works with other government agencies and community organisations.

“There is still a long way to go to implement all the plans. But growing numbers of staff feel the department is moving in the right direction and this is reflected in reduced turnover rates,” Steve Maharey said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election