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


Select Committee Supports PSA Recommendations

April 11, 2002

Select Committee Supports PSA Recommendations On Social Workers Legislation

Recommendations made by the PSA on the Social Workers Registration Bill, including one seeking to avoid “double jeopardy” during the complaints process, have been supported by the select committee considering the bill, PSA national secretary Bryce Fleury said today.

“The PSA included in its submission to the Social Services Committee, recommendations for improvements in the complaints process. These included recommending amendments to the time allowed for a social worker to respond to notice of the membership of the complaints assessment committee, and to the process whereby a social worker charged with misconduct could face investigation by both their employer and the registration board.”

Bryce Fleury said the PSA recommended that the complaints assessment authority, when dealing with a complaint, take into account any information arising from a previous investigation of that complaint before making its deliberations.

“The select committee agreed with us that social workers should not have to face two separate complaints processes, one through their employer and one with the registration board. The committee agreed to our recommendation that the evidence and decisions from any employment investigation should be considered by the registration board. While this won’t prevent the board undertaking its own investigation, it will assist in ensuring outcomes are consistent.”

He also said the PSA recommended that the amount of working days allowed for a social worker to respond to notice of the membership of the complaints assessment committee and seek changes to its membership be increased from five to fifteen.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election