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…

A Snapshot of NZCCSS Membership

Over the past year NZCCSS has been overhauling and refreshing our membership database to help us better understand the range and scope of the services provided by the six church social services networks that are the NZCCSS members. The criteria for inclusion in our database is that the organisations are registered charities or part of…

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…

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…

Policy Watch Budget 2016 Special

Policy Watch Budget 2016 Special: what we are looking for and what was announced NZCCSS is looking at the Budget announcements as always through the lens of the most vulnerable. We look for signs of real social investment that makes a difference for people on the margins (see also Scoop Budget 2016 coverage). The simple summary of…

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…

“More than just signing an MoU”

A successful strategic initiative taken over the last year is the Te Piringa Strategic Alliance, as reported on in the March 2015 issue of Kete Kupu. Te Piringa is the coming together in an informal strategic alliance of NZCCSS and Te Kahui Atawahi o te Motu, as supported by the Working Together More Fund |…

The Productivity Commission and Quadrant D

After an intense 14-month period the final report of the Productivity Commission’s top-down inquiry into social sector services – More Effective Social Services – was released on 15 September to a muted response. The most prominent coverage in this first week was probably the DominionPost editorial on 18 September (click on image to read): The…