Children’s Action Plan: Feedback Workshops

The Dunedin Council of Social Services is inviting key stakeholders and influencers of the children’s workforce to take part in the next phase of consultation of the Draft Core Competency Framework: A Pre-Workshop Meeting on 3 March and the Workshop on either 5 April or 6 April. The Ministry of Social Development and Children’s Action Plan faculty are leading the conversation, while the Dunedin Council of Social Services is assisting in the coordination of the local meetings. Register for the pre-workshop and workshop no later than 29 February: Workshop Registration

Why We are Developing a Core Competency Framework:
Children have a right to have all their needs met and to be safe from abuse and neglect. A better future for vulnerable children is at the heart of the 2012 Children’s Action Plan, which was informed by submissions from almost 10,000 New Zealanders – including children. The Children’s Action Plan led to the Vulnerable Children Act  and other legislative change in 2014.

Part of that change is better protection of our children. We are enhancing the children’s workforce so that it is responsive and able to recognise and act when something isn’t right. The core competency framework will support children’s workers to better identify, support and protect vulnerable children.

The Framework will not replace existing specialist and professional standards and frameworks. Instead, it will sit alongside and complement these in a way that unifies and reinforces common understandings and ways of working – a common language for supporting, protecting and identifying vulnerable children.

We will get the best results for vulnerable children if our children’s workforce shares open, honest and robust dialogue leading to trust and wide agreement on the best ways forward. We are seeking your experiences, opinions and insights to inform the core competency framework and options for implementation. The Draft Framework will change in response to what we learn from the children’s workforce.

We are asking for your feedback. We plan to consult with you in three ways: a pre-workshop meeting, an electronic survey that will follow the meeting, and then a follow up workshop about the Framework:

Pre-Workshop Engagement Meeting:
You are invited to attend a pre-workshop engagement meeting about the Draft Framework. At this meeting, we will discuss the original vision to improve the lives of vulnerable children – the White Paper for Vulnerable Children. We will talk about how the draft framework has been developed so far, the Draft Framework’s current state, and how you can help improve the next version of the Framework to make sure it’s fit for purpose. This meeting will be offered at two different times; you only need to choose the one that works best for you. Register Here:Workshop Registration

Pre-Workshop Engagement Meeting Timetable
Date Time Venue
Thursday 3 March 2016 8:30 – 9:00 AM     Networking
9:00 – 11:00 AM   Meeting
Dunedin Community House, Alexander McMillan Room,
301 Moray Pl, Dunedin
Thursday 3 March 2016 12:30 – 1:00 PM   Networking
1:00 – 3:00 PM      Meeting
Dunedin Community House, Alexander McMillan Room,
301 Moray Pl, Dunedin

If you have questions, please contact

Gathering your feedback
After you attend the initial meeting, we’ll send you an email to request your feedback via Survey Monkey.

You’re also invited to attend a workshop to discuss your response to the draft framework. Attendees should be able to participate in one of the two offered pre-workshops and one of the three offered workshops.

Register For All Workshops Here by 29 February – SPACES ARE LIMITED:
Workshop Registration

Workshop timetable
Date Time Venue
Tuesday 5 April 2016 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Work and Income, Dunedin
Waipori Room
(corner of Castle and St Andrew Streets)
Tuesday 5 April 2016 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Work and Income, Dunedin
Waipori Room
(corner of Castle and St Andrew Streets)
Wednesday 6 April 2016 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Work and Income, Dunedin
Waipori Room
(corner of Castle and St Andrew Streets)

We appreciate your valuable time and commitment. Thank you in advance for being a part of this journey to protect and support our vulnerable children/tamariki and whānau. If you have any questions about the Draft Core Competency Framework or the consultation process, please email: If you have any questions about local coordination, please contact Amber Ptak

Finally, we are making every effort to include as many voices as possible in these workshops, but we have likely missed someone. Please do not hesitate to forward this email on to someone who you think may want to join us.

Ngā mihi nui,

Alan Shanks
Executive Officer
Dunedin Council of Social Services