The government has released the Green Paper document to encourage discussion and to gain a mandate from New Zealanders on how government should respond. Submissions to the Green Paper will be taken into consideration when forming the White Paper, which then will go through the process of becoming legislation.
On 30 November 2011 a forum and community conversation was held on the Green Paper – Vulnerable Children. We have attached the presenters notes and what was said by those that attended in response to the Green Paper.
There were several clear messages that came from the forum
1) It should be about ALL children
2) It should be a cross party agreement NOT a party political issue
We welcome and encourage you to read the notes, comment as part of an online discussion and make a submission to the government regarding this very important topic.
The Green Paper is split into four areas for discussion (taken directly from “Every child thrives, belongs, achieves – The Green Paper for Vulnerable Children” with notes from the forum discussions):
1) Share Responsibility
Parents & Caregivers – The Government could review its spending on parents to make sure it makes the most difference at the right time , for parents and caregivers of vulnerable children
Communities – The Government will continue to support effective community-led initiatives, work in partnership with communities and remove barriers to communities finding their own solutions
2) Show Leadership
Vulnerable Children’s Action Plan – The Government could develop and implement a Vulnerable Children’s Action Plan that includes common goals, targets and clear accountability
Legislation Changes – The Government could make changes to legislation as a way to signal a long-term commitment to achieving results for vulnerable children, create accountability for delivering results, mandate cross-agency reporting, and make any necessary policy or practice changes
Working with whanau, hapu, iwi and Maori leaders – The Government will continue to work in partnership with iwi, hapu and whanau to prevent tamariki becoming vulnerable and protect already vulnerable tamariki
3) Make Child-Centric Policy Changes
Review Government spending to get better results for vulnerable children – The Government could review its spending on vulnerable children and move its investment into programmes and services that have a sound evidence base. It could also increasingly target its spending on vulnerable children
Vulnerable child-first allocation policy – Wen allocating services, the Government could prioritise vunlerable children and those who care for them
4) Make Child-Centred Practice Changed
Improving the workforce for children – Highly skilled professionals delivering services in a co-ordinated way will provide better outcomes for vulnerable children. The Government could invest in its workforce for children
Better connecting vulnerable children to services – Some vulnerable children do not receive services that could make a difference for them. The Government could improve the responsiveness of services that the adults caring for vulnerable children and their families and whanua receive.
Improving service delivery – The Government could improve how services are delivered so that they are more accessible, acceptable and culturally-appropriate to vulnerable children and their families and whanau
The following people presented at the forum with their views on the Green Paper – along with the link to their presentations:
Dr Nicola Atwool, Principle Advisor – Office of the Commissioner for the Children
Laura Black, CEO – Dunedin Methodist Mission
Professor Andrew Bradstock, University of Otago, Theology & Public Issues
presentation will shortly be uploaded