April 06, 2015
Privatisation agenda seen in CYF review
Social workers are raising warning flags over a review of the Child Youth and Family Service.
James Makowharemahihi, the president of the Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers, says the review’s stated aim of better outcomes for children is laudable.
But its emphasis on issues such as outsourcing, investment, efficiency and collaboration suggest a reduction in the state’s response to vulnerable children and a transfer to non-government or private sector organisations, as is happening with prisons and social housing.
The review panel is headed by former Commerce Commission head Paula Rebstock and does not include any Maori.
Mr Makowharemahihi says it also doesn’t include any social workers, non-government providers or caregivers for New Zealand children.
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