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A Christchurch principal wants answers from Child Youth and Family on why a boy was transferred between nine foster homes in the space of three weeks.
Linwood Avenue School's Gerard Direen says CYF is missing a significant piece of the puzzle for the most at-risk children. He acknowledges that the post-earthquake fragility has exacerbated the problem, but says this particular child has been through another disaster with his turbulent foster situation.
Mr Direen fears that other vulnerable children like this 10-year-old are slipping through CYF's cracks. He says he himself has not observed any extra government resources to meet the heightened need in Canterbury. One foster parent made a similar appraisal, saying CYF has not kept pace with Christchurch's recovery in the aftermath of the earthquakes. 'Michael' claims there is no support for carers when they need it most.
Gerard Direen is calling on CYF to finally bring an extraordinary level of response to what was an extraordinary event with ongoing repercussions. He is urging the agency to stop wishful thinking in foster parents recruitment and deal with the "right now" situation.
The principal says they need to consider other solutions - such as residential care - for children facing immediate risks, rather than pretend they are going to get foster homes.
- Newstalk ZB
With just under four weeks to go before the Australian general election, a Christian welfare group is calling for voters to let social justice mark their tick of approval.
"A rapid spiral into poverty can happen unexpectedly to any of us,
and the spiral down is much quicker than the climb back up to the top."
- Paul O'Callaghan, Exec. Dir., CSSA
Australians head to the polling booths on Saturday 7 September, and Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) has urged voters to be selfless and think carefully about the greater good, when selecting the politicians who will represent them and their values. CSSA's executive director, Paul O'Callaghan, said in a press statement that this election is about choosing a government that is mindful of the poor, disadvantaged, and voiceless people in society.
"Australians have always been proud to say they are believers in a 'fair go' for all people... So, we urge all voters to consider which of the political leaders is most likely to bring our community back from the recent trend of demonising people who seem to be a so-called drain on the public purse."
Mr Callaghan made the point that poverty does not discriminate, and neither should welfare policy. He identified two areas in particular - youth allowance and jobseeker support - that he felt warranted further consideration by both main parties.
"Our major political parties need to provide better leadership for supporting active participation in the community and in the workforce. This does not always mean higher spending," he said, but rather long-sightedness, flexibility and innovation.
"We urge each and every person to be active in public life, to vote wisely and to promote the good of the whole community and of every group in it."
- RBG News
World Youth Day (WYD) 2013 kicks off tomorrow in Brasil and the host city, Rio de Janeiro, is pulsing in anticipation of five days of celebrating what it means to be a young Christian in the Catholic tradition.
While the majority of pilgrims will be Catholic youth aged between 16-35 years old, many others have registered for the event as the invitation was extended to anyone interested in learning about the faith, regardless of age, race or creed. Activities include a mixture of catechesis sessions, where pilgrims discuss Biblical teaching with a focus on Catholic Church dogma; praise and worship services, and Mass; a Youth Festival highlighting different forms of worship or 'encounters with God', such as through nature, music, film and art; as well as welfare-themed forums to follow on from last week's Days in the Diocese / Mission Week, during which international pilgrims volunteered with local community missions.
One such forum begins on the first day of WYD Rio2013. On Tuesday morning , WYD Rio2013 organisers are joining with the United Nations (UN) to sponsor a series of debates about the role of youth in sustainable development and peace. The UN has an office dedicated to youth-oriented policies and WYD's Executive Secretary believes the responsbility for building a better future is shared between old and young. Monsignor Joel Portella sees the international Catholic festival as an opportunity for world leaders to listen to the world's youth in an environment of prayerful and inspired perceptiveness -
"The WYD has a very interesting characteristic as it draws the youth to look to God,
to the world and to themselves."
Five youth representatives from five continents will make a presentation to the UN "Youth and the Culture of Peace" event tomorrow, which is expected to be attended by around 650 pilgrims.
- RBG News
Davina William has today's headlines including Mediaworks' receivership announcement; the Opposition's inquiry into the manufacturing sector; reaction to Iran's President-elect, Hassan Rouhani; and the 50th anniversary of the first space flight by a woman.
From the RBG News Centre for Shine TV.
The Salvation Army is hoping its current appeal will raise enough money to retain all its budget advisors.
The 2013 Red Shield Appeal launched yesterday, at a time when the Army's funding is precarious. The imminent expiry of a temporary government fund means a third of the Sallies' budget advisors face redundancy unless they can come up with alternative funding. The Government’s Community Response Fund (CRF) - aimed at helping social service NGOs cope with the surge in welfare demand brought on by the 2008 recession - ends in July.
That money had helped to provide an extra 20.5 budget advisors at Salvation Army centres and allowed a 230% increase in budgeting services over the nearly five years since the start of the GFC to the first quarter of this year. In the past year alone, Army budgeters helped 4500 families.
Social Services Secretary, Major Pam Waugh, says when people who are struggling with debt approach the Sallies for help and engage with advisors over a long period, there is a huge turnaround in their lives; and it would not be ideal to compromise this vital service.
She explained that while the Army could cope with a funding decrease by running more group budgeting sessions, the level of service would not be the same.
"If families are unable to get sufficient assistance to balance their household budgets and clear debt, then their situations can easily deteriorate to the point where they face eviction, homelessness or overcrowded living conditions."
New Zealand First has urged the Government to renew its CRF contribution to the Salvation Army. The party's social policy spokesman, Asenati Lole-Taylor, believes that is only fair because, "After all, thousands of families have been seriously affected by the Government’s economic policies so helping them budget is a moral obligation."
The Sallies' Red Shield Appeal runs from April 29 to May 5.
- Newstalk ZB/ press rls/ RBG News
Labour spokesperson for social development, Jacinda Ardern, with her take on the welfare reforms.
Executive officer for NZ Council of Christian Social Services, Trevor McGlinchey, discusses the impact of the welfare reforms on young people and families.
Brad Mills with today's headlines including the fire west of Wellsford; the governments crack down on welfare fraud; US fears of cyber hacking from China and good news for Wellington after the financial benefits of the Hobbit premier are announced.
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The Government and the Maori Party have launched an action plan for Maori, called "He Kai Kei Aku Ringa".
The agenda is to improve the economic context for Maori, setting out implementation and goals through to 2040. A Maori unit will be set up in the new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; and a Maori economic advisory board will be established to ensure Maori underperformance is addressed.
The Economic Development Minister believes improvement will occur when the private sector works in tandem with the public sector. Steven Joyce says private sector organisations, both Maori and non-Maori, will be encouraged to co-operate to raise income and improve export performance.
He explained they'll be taking a 'broad brush' approach to improve the skills and training of young Maori, the growth of Maori business, and how Maori can better become involved in the economy generally.
- Newstalk ZB