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

 

PSA welcomes youth justice recommendations

PSA welcomes youth justice recommendations

The PSA welcomes the recommendations contained in the Youth Justice Capability Review released today by the Minister for Child, Youth and Family.

PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott said the PSA had been involved in the review and was pleased to see the positive steps recommended to improve the delivery of youth justice services and alleviate the pressure on social workers who juggled heavy caseloads.

“The formation of specialist youth justice teams will go a long way to assist in the department’s capacity to deliver youth justice services where there has been a shortfall. These social workers will be able to concentrate solely on assisting young offenders which will be beneficial for them, for their families, and for the community.

“It’s good to see an acknowledgement that the department has been under-staffed and under-resourced, and to receive some assurance that something will be done about it.

“Youth justice is, however, a specialist area of practice and we would be looking to ensure that these social workers receive the required training, supervision, and policy support.”

Brenda Pilott said there may be some challenges for the department in recruiting the nearly 50 more social workers which the report says will be required, but the recent pay settlement achieved by the PSA for its social worker members at Child, Youth and Family – 11% over two years – may help.

Brenda Pilott said the PSA was pleased to see the report recommend a benchmark for caseloads of 18 per social worker and it would be desirable to see a similar workload applied to other areas of social work.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages