April 07, 2015
CYF workers wary of review
The head of the union covering 1000 Child, Youth and Family staff believes there could be Treaty of Waitangi implications in a radical review of the service.
James Makowharemahihi from the Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers says the terms of reference for the review lean towards outsourcing and privatisation of what should be core government business.
He says given the high number of Maori children under care, questions can be asked about whether the government is retaining the capability properly.
He says repeated reviews of the department have pointed to a lack of social work resources in the sector.
" There hasn’t been enough workers, trained qualified registered workers thats a concern for us that already those who are working under pressure " he says.
James Makowharemahihi says the review panel, headed by former Commerce Commission head Paula Rebstock, contains neither Maori nor social workers, and his association is keen to provide input.
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