Independent Expert Panel To Lead Major CYF Overhaul

Social development Minister Anne Tolley has announced the establishment of an independent panel ” to lead a complete overhaul of Child Youth and Family (CYF)” and we are not talking a casual re-shuffling of chairs . The language in the press release indicates a serious review of how CYF works and aligns with the government’s focus on vulnerable children/families and the implementation of the Vulnerable Children’s Act…

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Dementia Friendly Communities

Creating age-friendly communities is one vital step for our future wellbeing and Alzheimers NZ has shared a great new resource from Alzheimers Disease International. They have released a new Dementia Friendly Communities Resource booklet. This booklet contains information on Dementia Friendly Communities projects from countries and regions across the world, highlighting six key areas of…

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NZCCSS says ‘No’ to AISA

NZCCSS has said ‘No’ to a request to join an information sharing agreement for Children’s Teams working with vulnerable children. NZCCSS believes that changes to the Privacy Act is a better way to deal with the privacy for those children. Children’s Teams are the new way of working with vulnerable children. These Teams are being…

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Is C-minus good Enough?

A quick overview of the latest Salvation Army State of the Nation Report  shows more thumbs up symbols than thumbs down. Does this mean things are getting better for the most vulnerable in our country? In vital areas like housing, child poverty and family violence, the answer is ‘not really’. When an improvement is from…

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Pokie Machine Gambling Law Changes

Making Pokie Trusts More Accountable to Their Communities Gambling is one of those the many pressures and issues the people face that NZCCSS member agencies work beside. We are regularly receiving reports from around the country about the hardships that are compounded by addictive pokie machine gambling. The latest gambling legislation, Gambling Amendment Bill (No.3),…

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Police Vetting Money-go-round

Robbing Peter to pay Paul. A money merry-go-round. These are some of the ways Helga Wientjes, Chair of ComVoices grouping of community & voluntary sector organisations, describes the police vetting legislation before Parliament. NZCCSS Executive Officer Trevor McGlinchey was among the submitters trying to persuade the Select Committee to change clauses in the legislation. The…

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Giving Care Work Its Due

Yet another carer pay court case has won in the Employment Court. This time it is for home care relief worker Jan Lowe who worked in the 1990s providing 24 hour care relief breaks for family carers. The challenging work with people with Alzheimers or other disabilities was paid on the basis of an “allowance”…

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