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Social Development
Wed 19 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that as part of the radical overhaul of care and protection, Cabinet has agreed that young people will no longer have to leave state care at 17, and will be able to remain in care or return to care up until the age of 21, with transition support and advice available up to 25. “The government is addressing the long-term trauma and poor life outcomes for young people who have been in care, based on recommendations from an independent expert panel,” says Mrs Tolley.
Social Development
Fri 14 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that New Zealand’s first child sex offender register comes into effect today, allowing agencies to be more proactive in managing the risk of reoffending in communities to keep children safe from harm. “From today, child sex offenders will no longer be able to disappear back into communities after completing a sentence or order,” says Mrs Tolley. ...
Social Development
Wed 12 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says more low income families will be able to access low and no-interest loans, as the Community Finance partnership is rolled out to additional areas across the country. “The government, the private sector and NGOs have been working together on this initiative, and I’m delighted that more families will be able to access the scheme,” says Mrs Tolley. ...
Tue 11 Oct 2016
Eight members of the Partnership Fund Board that will lead the development of new collaborative partnerships to increase youth development opportunities were announced today by Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley. They are Karen Shires, Sam Johnson, Paul Walsh, Mike Knell, Charlizza Harris, Anne Rodda, Terry Shubkin and Dr Angela Lim. ...
Social Development
Sat 8 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the government will fully consider the recommendations made by a UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). It follows discussions between the Minister, a delegation and Committee members in Geneva last month, regarding New Zealand’s fifth periodic report under the UNCROC convention. “I was able to highlight the real progress that our country continues to make on children’s rights, such as the overhaul of care and protection featuring the voices of children,” says Mrs Tolley.
Tue 4 Oct 2016
A $50,000 youth leadership and mentoring programme aimed at helping steer young Hawke’s Bay people from gang life was announced today by Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley. “This is about giving young people with known gang connections opportunities to develop skills that open up alternative pathways to gang membership,” says Mrs Tolley. ...
Social Development
Mon 3 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Corrections Minister Judith Collins have announced the launch of a new initiative to support more offenders into employment. Budget 2016 invested $15.3 million over three years for the trial, which is targeted at increasing the employment prospects of released prisoners. Work and Income case managers and professionals will work with prisoners from pre-release for up to a year to help them prepare, find and stay in employment to help reduce reoffending.
Social Development
Thu 29 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched the trial of a new approach to social service delivery in the Gisborne and Wairoa regions. Manaaki Tairawhiti is the second Placed-Based Initiative to be announced, and brings together local social sector leaders into a single governance group to better co-ordinate services for at-risk families. “Manaaki Tairawhiti gives us a great opportunity to bring together and develop good local leadership, so that we can improve the delivery of social services to families,” says Mrs Tolley.
Social Development
Wed 28 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says National Social Workers’ Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the important work social workers do and thank them for the difference they make for families. “Social workers do an often thankless job and work with some of our most vulnerable families,” Mrs Tolley says. ...
Social Development
Thu 22 Sep 2016
E nga mana, e nga reo, e te iwi o te motu, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa Good morning everyone and thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. I want to acknowledge your host, and my parliamentary colleague, Ron Mark, and the Chief Executive of Fostering Kids, Linda Surtees. And indeed, everyone here who does so much for our most at-risk children and young people. Foster Carers, Social Workers, NGOs, and CYF staff. ...
Social Development
Thu 22 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that legislation is to be introduced in Parliament by the end of the year which will better support children and young people in care or at risk of going into care, while increasing support for families and caregivers. “The new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, will be totally child-centred and everything it does must be completely focused on safety and the very best long-term outcomes for children and young people already in the care system, or who are at risk of needing care,” says Mrs Tolley.
Social Development
Wed 21 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that the overhaul of care and protection will stay firmly focused on delivering much better long-term outcomes for children and young people in care or at risk of going into care, despite constant attempts by Labour to undermine and misrepresent it. “The current system is not working as it should for young people and we are determined to make a real difference and give these kids the lives they deserve. I guarantee we will not be side tracked by petty political point-scoring,” says Mrs Tolley.