New ministry on the way

Anne Tolley, the minister of social development, has announced that the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki (MVCOT) will come into existence on 1 April 2017.

The Ministry, which will be headed by current Bupa Care Services boss Gráinne Moss, will encompass the staff and functions currently handled by Child Youth and Family and some other Ministry of Social Development (MSD) functions including part of Community Investment.

Our intention is to work constructively with MSD over the transition plan to the new agency, to make sure the move is as simple and straightforward as possible for the 4000 people expected to work at MVCOT.

Massive workloads have been a major issue for many years now that have impacted on the quality of care provided, and it’s crucial that this is addressed as plans are developed for the new ministry.

Our MSD members are passionate about helping whānau to thrive, but they need the time to do their jobs properly.

Another issue we’ll be keeping an eye on is the possible use of contracting out core services as a way of de-skilling the workforce and lowering wages.

We know that the best chance for our whānau is to have qualified social workers working alongside them, and we will make sure that this is heard loud and clear throughout the planning process for the new Ministry.

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