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Get the Chief Social Worker back to her own desk

Get the Chief Social Worker back to her own desk

Shannon Pakura cannot fulfil the requirements of her job as Chief Social Worker when the Commissioner for Children will have difficulty having frank discussions with her, says National's Welfare spokesperson Katherine Rich.

The Commissioner for Children explicitly said, "there are things I just would not say to Tariana Turia's private secretary that I would say to the Chief Social Worker. It's outrageous."

"The acting Child Youth and Family Minister Steve Maharey must immediately return the Chief Social Worker to her primary task. To ignore this would highlight the low priority this government affords CYF", says Mrs Rich.

"It is hard to accept that the Chief Social Worker has time to spare "to help out a Minister" when the difficulties within her Department make headlines with dismaying regularity.

"The skills and experience of the Chief Social Worker need to be focused 100 percent on those who need her most - children at risk.

"It's not acceptable that the Chief Social Worker of CYF should be undertaking "secondary employment". She is listed as Tariana Turia's Private Secretary, she says she's writing a job description, and Mr Maharey says she will be there to the end of the month.

"I would like to know how long does it take to write a job description and why does the Chief Social Worker need to do it?" asks Mrs Rich.

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