SSPA Media Statement - MSD called on to reverse decision to cancel social workers study scheme

Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) is calling on the Ministry of Social Development to reverse its decision to can the NGO Study Awards for social workers.

The Ministry of Social Development has recently notified SSPA that the NGO Study Awards scheme had been discontinued. The fund, just over $1 million annually, has provided financial support that assists unqualified social workers to study for a social work qualification. Read more...

Using Integrated Administrative Data to Identify Youth Who are at Risk of Poor Outcomes as Adults

This paper is one of an Analytical Series that are produced by Treasury and available to a wider audience to inform
and encourage public debate, with the ultimate aim of informing Treasury policy advice.

It summarises findings from an analysis of integrated administrative data aiming to identify the characteristics of young people aged 15 to 24 who are most at risk of poor longterm outcomes....

This work represents one in a number of steps towards implementing a social investment approach. The overall work programme was led by the Ministry of Education, with the
analysis summarised in this paper being led by the Treasury's Analytics and Insights team, in collaboration with a number of other agencies, and using integrated administrative data held in Statistics New Zealand's Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).

One of the key findings is:

....geographic location is strongly associated with risk of poor outcomes, with location-based measures such as the New Zealand Deprivation Index (NZDep) and territorial authority area being important predictors of risk, even controlling for other observed characteristics. Youth at risk of poor outcomes tend to be concentrated in specific areas such as the Far North, Kawerau, Opotiki and Wairoa. However, it is important to note that the largest numbers of at-risk youth still live in larger urban centres such as Manukau, Waitakere, Hamilton and Christchurch.

The paper can be accessed from the Treasury website or this link:

http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/research-policy/ap/2015/15-02

Changes to Ministry of Youth Development announced

To be attributed to Ministry of Social Development Chief Executive, Brendan Boyle

Media Releases  

16 December 2015

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has completed its consultation with staff and is able to confirm the new structure of the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) which will take effect in April 2016.

The reorganisation by MSD follows last month's announcement of a new direction and priorities for government's role in youth development, which aims to increase the number and quality of development opportunities available to all young New Zealanders aged between 12 and 24 years.

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Social Development Minister Anne Tolley launched the Canterbury Children’s Team last Thursday 3 December

Minister Tolley congratulated the Canterbury Team and the local community and thanked them for their commitment and determination to help vulnerable children.

About 150 people attended the launch at the Atrium in Hagley Park including Vulnerable Children's Board members, Brendan Boyle MSD CEO, Peter Hughes Secretary of Education and Police Commissioner Mike Bush and several SSPA Canterbury member providers.

Canterbury is the ninth Children's Team to go live and the fifth in the last five months. Counties Manukau will be the tenth to be established in March next year. Read more here: http://www.childrensactionplan.govt.nz/childrens-teams/canterbury-childrens-team/