Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

New Directions Points Way Ahead

Child, Youth and Family’s New Directions programme will significantly boost the department’s performance, says chief executive Jackie Brown.

Details of New Directions, which draws heavily on the recommendations of the Brown report into Child, Youth and Family, were announced today by the Minister of Social Services and Employment Steve Maharey.

“Coupled with the extra funding in Budget 2001, New Directions will enable us to do a far better job of helping at-risk children,” says Ms Brown.

“We’ve been determined to lift our performance in the wake of the Brown report. Our successful strategies to reduce unallocated cases are an example of the action we’ve taken. Now I am confident the extra Budget funding and the results New Directions will deliver will help make Child, Youth and Family an organisation of which New Zealanders will be proud.

“New Directions takes an honest look at our performance and the issues we face. We recognise that we need to change our approach as a whole department if we are to support our staff to achieve better outcomes for families.

“We need to focus on the results the Department should be achieving and that’s what New Directions is about. We’ll be placing a heavy emphasis on achieving long-term positive results for the children and families we deal with, not just on the important immediate problems we are presented with.

“We’ve been focused on those shorter-term issues in recent years because of heavy demand and stretched resources. Now we’ll be working toward helping children and their families in a more comprehensive way and supporting them over time to achieve well-being.

”For example, we’ll be concentrating on improving our social work practice and getting different parts of Child, Youth and Family to work together more efficiently. It is also vitally important that we work more closely with community agencies and the public at large to tackle abuse and neglect.

“But, ultimately, adults’ behaviour and attitudes also have to change if we’re to end abuse and neglect. Our intention is to advance the wellbeing of families and the wellbeing of children and young people as members of families, whanau, hapu, iwi and family groups. We need everyone’s co-operation to do that.”

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Legal Issues: Gordon Campbell On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

Yesterday’s interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public.

Apoparently, the fuel industry is an oligopoly where the Big Three (BP, Mobil and Z) that import 90% of this country’s fuel also control the supply, pricing, profit margins etc etc, from wharf to petrol pump, thereby all but throttling genuine competition at every stage along the way. 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

PM's Post-Cab: Bad Mail

Cabinet was updated on the process around prisoners sending mail, following the accused Christchurch gunman sending letters that "should have been stopped". All mail of "high concern prisoners" will now be checked by a specialist team and a changes to the legal criteria for witholding mail are expecting to go to a cabinet committee in this parliamentary session. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels