Important update: Whakamanawa 2022

December 2021 - Before we wrap for the year, we are updating you on some key changes relating to the Conference. 

We have made the decision to hold Whakamanawa 2022 as a virtual conference. This is due to ongoing uncertainty regarding the pandemic, and our commitment to ensuring that Whakamanawa is as inclusive as possible, keeping your health and safety, and that of the hapori you work with, central. This was a difficult decision to make, but we trust you will understand. We can now give you absolute certainty that you will be able to attend the National Social Services Conference next year, which we are very excited about.  Because of this change, we have decided to push the dates of the Conference out a bit, to enable us to plan for bringing you the high-quality experience you expect.

The new dates for Whakamanawa 2022 are Monday 04 April – Wednesday 06 April, 2022.

The Conference will run across each of these three days from 9:15am-12:30pm. We are running the Conference in this way to make it as engaging for you as possible in a virtual environment.

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Kia Mauri Ora Issue 8 out now

KMO Cover page page 0001December 2021 - All SSPA member organisations receive a copy, and if you'd like to order additional copies for your team, visit the SSPA website.  Within this issue you'll find a conversation with the Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board about Te Kahu Aroha and the collective focus on prevention to keep all children and whānau safe. There are stories about The Fono's work in Tāmaki Makaurau on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response and E Tipu E Rea Whānau Services supporting matua taiohi to reach their full potential.  This issue highlights new tools for working with those who need support and measuring outcomes of services.

Latest from SSPA

December 2021 - Over the past week there has been a lot of big mahi going out into the world relating to whānau wellbeing. You might have seen, for example the Child Poverty Monitor for 2021 being launched, as well as the launch of Te Aorerekura – the National Strategy and Action Plan for the Elimination of Family and Sexual Violence. Visit SSPA on Facebook or LinkedIn for links to resources and information for both of these launches.

Te Aorerekura The National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence  - read the full SSPA media release here.  

Child Poverty Monitor 2021 - read commentary here from SSPA CEO, Dr Claire Achmad. 

SSPA recently made a submission to the Social Workers Registration Board on their fees and disciplinary levy change proposals.  Thanks to all SSPA members who collaborated with us on this. Read it here.

Covid-19 2021 Delta Outbreak Noho Rāhui: A Snapshot from the community-based social services perspective

SSPA Delta Covid 19 Snapshot Oct 2021 image for webOctober 2021 - This paper provides a snapshot of insights drawn from SSPA's mahi with a range of our member organisations during August - September 2021, during the Delta Covid-19 outbreak and noho rāhui.  This snapshot paper summarises what social service providers have told us they are seeing amongst the families and whānau they are working with, and how their organisations are responding and managing during this latest period of noho rāhui.  The paper also outlines recommendations for what SSPA believes needs to be kept central in the ongoing response to Covid-19, in relation to children, rangatahi, families and whānau, and the community-based social service sector. READ IT HERE

Summary of Strengthening Wellbeing in Times of Uncertainty Webinar with Zeenah Adam, Umbrella Wellbeing

For Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 and in light of the impacts of the pandemic in Aotearoa, Social Service Providers Aotearoa and ComVoices partnered with Umbrella Wellbeing on a special webinar on 27 September 2021. It was an inclusive, safe space for everyone working across the community, NGO & Iwi social sector to learn from registered clinical psychologist Zeenah Adam of Umbrella Wellbeing. Zeenah has worked in the NGO & community space in Aotearoa, so understands the particular challenges involved. SSPA has put together this summary overview of the content of the webinar with Zeenah, to provide an ongoing resource for kaimahi across the NGO, Iwi social services and community sector in Aotearoa.  View the resource here.