SSPA National Conference 2012

Detective Inspector Tusha Penny, New Zealand Police – Policing child protection in 2012 and beyond

Tusha outlines lessons that Police learned from Operation Hope and the subsequent identification of national systemic failures with child abuse investigations.


Judge Layne Harvey – Vulnerable Maori Youth

Judge Layne Harvey was appointed to the Maori Land Court bench in 2002.


Shane Whitfield – Te Puna Whaiora Ki Christchurch

Collaboration between NGO and statutory sectors to improve access to services for vulnerable children in a post-earthquake environment – successes and challenges


Kelly Maung and Poto Williams – Auckland Council/ Waves Trust

Jack Cards – a collaborative approach to supporting children who experience witness family violence.


David Hannah and Robyn Pope from Wesley Community Action present how an organisation truly gives effect to privileging the clients’ voice and becoming the navigator rather than the driver.

Wesley Community Action has begun a process that puts the client at the forefront of every engagement using the Client Directed Outcome Informed (CDOI) outcome measurement tools. David and Robyn explain what CDOI is and the research behind it, and share their learning and issues that they have encountered along the way.


Lisette Rawson - Gateway Assessment Project Manager- Child, Youth and Family

Gateway Assessments are an interagency programme of work between Child, Youth and Family (CYF) and the Ministries of Health and Education. Children and young people who come into the care of CYF are some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable group with physical, social and emotional health needs. Lisette presents how Gateway Assessment operates and what kind of results they have seen.


Dr Catherine Love, Ahikaa Taranaki Whanau (PNBST) talks about her insights into family service systems and Ahikaa’s teaching methods based on NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) programmes to help Maori youth.

Catherine is of Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui and Nga Ruahinerangi iwi. She was Director of Indigenous Research and Development at Victoria University of Wellington, before taking up the position of National Manager for Entrepreneurship New Zealand in October 2008. Catherine is a Director of Metlife Care, Trustee if Palmerston North Maori Reserve Lands Trust, multi-iwi negotiator for the Port Nicholson Block Treaty of Waitangi claims settlement, member of the New Zealand Psychologists Board and Hutt Valley District Health Board.
Catherine committed herself to Entrepreneurship New Zealand and NFTE programmes after training as a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher, and being involved in NFTE (NZ) pilot programme evaluations.


Brian Babington, Chief Executive Officer of Families Australia shares important lessons from the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020.

In 2009, the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 was adopted by all Australian Governments with the support of the NGO sector. It is Australia’s first ever national plan designed to tackle child abuse and neglect. Many lessons have been learned that may be relevant to other countries which are charting, or considering devising, national approaches to child protection and wellbeing, particularly relevant in light of the NZ Government’s Green Paper for Vulnerable Children.


Paul Nixon, Chief Social Worker, Child, Youth and Family, talks about the challenges ahead for social work in the White Paper environment at the recent SSPA conference.

Paul is originally from the UK and has worked for more than 20 years in Child Welfare and protection, always in a statutory setting. Paul and his family, Nici, Carys, Haydn and Rhianna and Murphy their dog live in Wellington. Paul always been interested and inspired by practice and innovations from New Zealand, particularly Family Group Conferences, Restorative Justice, and Whanau / Kinship Care. Previously Paul was Head of Social Work services in North Yorkshire, England.  Paul has written a number of books on Social Work and numerous articles and chapters. He has provided training and consultancy on Social Work around the world. He and his family are enjoying being in New Zealand.


Mai Chen, Founding Partner, Chen Palmertalks about how to engage with Government to achieve your aims at the recent SSPA conference.

Mai Chen is a founding partner of Chen Palmer New Zealand Public Law Specialists, Barristers and Solicitors, Australasia’s first public law specialist firm, which she co-founded in 1994. She has led Chen Palmer for the last 18 years. Chen Palmer NZPLS was voted best New Zealand Public Law Firm in the New Zealand Law Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and best Boutique Law Firm in 2010. Mai is the best-selling author of the Public Law Tool Box, published by Lexis Nexis in 2012, and is an Adjunct Professor in Commercial and Public Law at the University of Auckland Business School. Mai was formerly a member of the Securities Commission, the New Zealand Advisory Board of Trade and Enterprise’s Beachheads Programme, the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and the Advisory Board of AMP Life Limited (NZ). She was a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University Law School and sat on the Councils of Victoria University of Wellington and Wellington Polytechnic. Mai was the inaugural Chair of the Board of New Zealand Global Women (a network of the most senior NZ women in this country and overseas), a member of the World Class New Zealand Network, and President of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association (New Zealand).