October 27, 2016
Roles threatened in CYF restructure
The Public Service Association has welcomed support from Labour and the Greens for the role of social workers in any successor to Child, Youth and Family.
In minority reports on changes to the Children Young Persons and their Families Act, the parties objected to clauses allowing the chief executive to delegate any work to other people and agencies inside and outside the public sector.
PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay says the bill as written will make the system even more fragmented, and leave the way open for private companies to pick up contracts on a for-profit basis.
He says the law reform is rushed with inadequate reforms , and the government needs to go back to the drawing board.
Labour members on the select committee said social workers are trained professionals who can be held to account for their action.
They say delegating statutory powers could lead to poor outcomes for children and their whanau.
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