Mandatory Registration for Social Workers

Minister for Social Development and Minister for Children, Anne Tolley has announced the introduction of mandatory registration for social workers. The Social Workers Registration Act 2003 introduced voluntary registration of social workers, with the intention of increasing the overall number of registered social workers employed across government and NGOs. Today there are around 6,300 registered…

Finance Minister Briefs Social Services

Minister of Finance Steven Joyce briefed social services and others from the community on the details of the Government Budget at Budget Briefing breakfasts organised by NZCCSS at the end of May. This was a great opportunity for him to meet with and engage with the community sector in his new role as Minister of…

NGO sector wins concessions

Individual Client Level Data Update As most of you will be aware MSD and the Ministry of Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki has pulled back on their demand for individual client level data to be supplied to it from 1 July. While this represents a good respite and the beginnings of a sensible approach from government…

Thank You to Volunteers

NZCCSS estimates that nearly 16,000 people are doing voluntary work with social services agencies throughout New Zealand. They join the estimated 1.2 million volunteers who contribute to our community every year. The story of Maurice Marks who volunteers with Christchurch City Mission story is typical of the work of thousands of volunteers. He drives a…

Pay Equity Settlement – what it means

An Exciting and Challenging Time Ahead NZCCSS welcomed the announcement on 18th April of the pay equity settlement as great news for carers and the older people they work with and “fantastic recognition for the work of caring”. The settlement has been widely welcomed and praised by other peak bodies with the NZ Aged Care…

Defending the Privacy of Client Data

Individual Client Level Data NZCCSS has joined with others from the ComVoices network to take a leadership role in opposing the collection of Individual Client Level Data.  This work has included supporting the crafting of an issues paper and a letter to Ministers. While the recent agreement to delay implementation for specialist sexual violence services…

Intrusive Data Collection Justification Looks Thin and Dubious

Garth Nowland-Foreman The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is controversially demanding identifying information about individual clients in exchange for its funding from 1st July. Charities and other non-profits providing essential social services are concerned this may put off vulnerable people seeking help when they need it most. It also has the potential to undermine one…

Election Issues 2017 – housing and inequality

The most recent Roy Morgan poll asking people ‘what is the biggest problem facing New Zealand’ shows that housing and homelessness have emerged to join inequality and poverty as the leading problems that people are concerned about. It will be no surprise that the on-going concerns of those working in social services in communities around…

Housing First Tackles Auckland Homelessness

NZCCSS member agencies in Auckland continue to lead the way in responding to homelessness in Auckland. The launch in March of the Auckland Housing First initiative is a collaboration driven by LifeWise, the Auckland City Mission along with VisionWest, Affinity Services and Wise Group’s LinkPeople and funded through MSD and the Auckland City Council. The…

Hope in Action Around the Country

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” (Lilla Watson) Updates from social services Giving New Confidence and Self-esteem: The Anglican Trust for Women and Children in Auckland reports their Camp Orama gave mother…

Oranga Tamariki legislation Update

Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Orange Tamariki) legislation Bill What does a safe, loving and stable home look like? And who is best to provide this? These are the questions at the core of debate on a bill before the Social Services Select Committee that sets out changes to child welfare services, and that will underpin the direction and scope of…