Social Workers Registration – Update

The Social Service Committee has heard submissions on the government inquiry on whether registration of social workers should be mandatory. The inquiry is part of a wider review of the current operation of the legislation. NZCCSS consulted with member agencies on its submission.  The registration of social workers (under the Social Workers Registration Act 2004) was…

Gerontology, Ageing & Spirituality Conference

Selwyn Institute’s 2016 conference 7 December 2016 Auckland Internationally acclaimed US professor and nurse theorist, Dr Jean Watson, will be keynote speaker at this year’s Gerontology Nursing Conference on 7 December 2016, hosted by The Selwyn Foundation’s Institute for Ageing and Spirituality. Holder of the American Academy of Nursing’s highest honour, the ‘Living Legend’ award,…

Adding Life To Years as Renters

On a recent visit to Christchurch I had the opportunity to look around the Christchurch Methodist Mission (CMM) Wesley Village in Papanui. The wonderful team at CMM offer a wide range of support for older people as well as families and children. One long-standing part of their work is providing rental housing for older people…

Community groups to be Defacto Arms of Government?

There has been a quiet revolution occurring which will have profound impacts on community-based social services organisations.  This revolution was brought to my attention recently when the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new style budgeting programme, Building Financial Capability, was released.  Buried in the RFP supplementary information is the requirement to provide Individual Client…

Family Violence: Safer Sooner

The case for action is clear and the political will is there Family violence and sexual violence is a complex, multi-faceted, often inter-generational problem not unlike child poverty, but for this wicked societal problem there is political will to tackle the complexity head on. In 2015 police responded to over 110,000 family violence incidents. This…

Inquiry: Social Workers Registration Act 2003

Inquiry into the operation of the Social Workers Registration Act 2003 Submissions are invited on the terms of reference of the Inquiry into the operation of the Social Workers Registration Act 20013. The inquiry is part of a wider review of the current operation of the legislation. The Minister for Social Development, Anne Tolley, has presented the Social Services…

CYF Amendment Bill passes first reading

The Child, Young Person, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament. The Amendment Bill represents the first of legislative changes as part of the transformation of care and protection. The Bill: extends the age of state care and protection to a young person’s 18th birthday. ensures the views…

Register now – Conference 2016

Registrations are now open for our 2016 conference and you are invited to join us for two inspiring and thought-provoking days incorporating a great mix of break-out sessions, keynote speakers, panels and workshops. Our conferences are open to everyone working in the sector. They are friendly and collegial events, a place to meet and get…

Community support for foodbank

Sue Barlow, Lower Hutt Foodbank One of the strategic imperatives for 2015-18 of NZCCSS is “to bring the lived experience of poor and vulnerable people to the attention of our wider communities.” In some cases this occurs when community organizations take responsibility in very specific ways for helping people who are struggling to make ends…

Modernisation of Child, Youth and Family

Significant changes to social ser­vices for children and young peo­ple are likely to be announced soon. The Modernisation of Child, Youth and Family interim report was re­leased in September 2015 and the full final report was provided to the Minister of Social Development just before Christmas. We can expect that Cabinet is considering proposals to…

Cost savings hit the vulnerable

In an example of the negative ef­fects of putting costs before ser­vices, the Southern DHB Meals on Wheels service has hit some serious snags. Within the first few weeks since changing the way the meals are prepared, its clients are seeking other services, with the Otago Daily Times reporting that a quarter of recipients have…