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CYF making progress on New Directions

28 July 2003 Media Statement

CYF making progress on New Directions

Continuing and improving support for children and families is a key focus for the government, the new Minister responsible for Child, Youth and Family, Ruth Dyson, said today.

Releasing the CYF briefing papers to the incoming minister, Ms Dyson said they showed that the department’s five-year programme of work, New Directions, is achieving gains. These include:
- lower turnover among social work staff;
- better professional leadership;
- improved levels of qualifications for social workers;
- a strengthened quality assurance role for the Chief Social Worker;
- improved relationships with providers; and
- sustained improvement in performance.

“The priorities for New Directions for the next year are to consolidate and embed these gains, build capacity and strengthen operational management by regional managers.”

Ruth Dyson said the recommendations from the baseline review of Child, Youth and Family, which will be completed later this year, would be an important further step forward.

“I am delighted to take responsibility for Child, Youth and Family at this time, following on from the excellent foundation laid by Minister Steve Maharey.”

Copies of the ‘Updated Briefing for the Incoming Minister May 2003’ are available on the CYF website: www.cyf.govt.nz

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