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Modernising Child, Youth and Family

Interim Report of the Expert Panel: Modernising Child Youth and Family

In April 2015 the Minister for Social Development established the Modernising Child Youth and Family Expert Panel to oversee the development of a new child-centric operating model for CYF.

The Minister has released the Interim Report of the Expert Panel: Modernising Child Youth and Family, the high-level business case submitted by the Panel. In this report, the Panel concludes that while there are pockets of good practice, and a committed frontline workforce, the system as a whole is not delivering effectively for children and young people.

The Expert Panel has started work on a multi-year future operating model for the agency which addresses the findings in the report by prioritising the needs of children. It has set out four key areas which will underpin the new operating model:

  • A child-centred system, shifting away from processes and administration, where the voices and needs of children and young people are at the forefront of everything the agency does.
  • An investment approach, where data and evidence of what works is used to target earlier intervention and use of resources, to improve the life outcomes for children while also reducing future costs for taxpayers.
  • An effective professional practice framework, allowing staff to use their professional judgment and cultural competence to support children based on clear principles, rather than rules, compliance and time-driven practice.
  • Engaging New Zealanders and communities to provide loving, stable families for vulnerable children, take action to support vulnerable children and build their understanding of what care means for children and young people.

The Expert Panel, supported by a Youth Advisory Panel, a Māori Reference Group, a Practice Reference Group and a Secretariat made up of cross-agency staff, will provide a business case to the Minister in December. It will also provide recommendations for implementation planning.

Establishment of Expert Panel

The Minister for Social Development established the Modernising Child, Youth and Family Expert Advisory Panel to oversee the development and implementation of a new operating model for CYF that puts children at the centre of everything it does and enhance its governance and assurance.

The Minister said that the Panel will have a wide-ranging brief to consider all aspects of CYF operations.

The Minister asked the Panel to provide a high level business case by 30 July 2015, with a detailed business case to follow in December 2015.

EAP member fees

In April 2015, the Minister for Social Development informed Cabinet of her intention to establish an independent Expert Advisory Panel to oversee the modernisation of Child, Youth and Family.

The Panel consists of a Chair and five members. Two members are not eligible for fees as they are employed within the public service in other capacities.

The Panel has delivered an interim report to the Minister and a detailed plan for implementing recommended changes is due in December 2015.

The possible on-going involvement of the Panel in this work in 2016 will be considered by the Minister at this time.

Member

Daily rate

Comments

Paula Rebstock (Chair)

$2,000

Exemption for fee outside of the Cabinet fees framework approved by the Minister for State Services

Duncan Dunlop (International member)

$1,500

Exemption for fee outside of the Cabinet fees framework approved by the Minister for State Services

Members

$400

Within Cabinet fees framework for Group 4 Level 1 bodies

Members eligible for fees that are employed by non-public-sector entities, including Duncan Dunlop, have arranged to have their fees paid to their employers who have supported their contribution and made their time available to serve on the Panel.

Child Youth and Family’s Strategic Business Case (2014)

In recent years CYF have done a number of reviews, including the Work Load Casework Review released in 2014 and the CYF Modernisation project, looking at how to make improvements in the systems and practices that underpin the vital work CYF does looking after vulnerable children and young people. As an outcome of this project, Child Youth and family developed a Modernisation/Strategic Business Case. This was presented to the Minister of Social Development in December 2014.

In April 2015, after reviewing CYF’s progress, the Minister of Social Development established the independent Modernising Child, Youth and Family Expert Advisory Panel to oversee the development and implementation of a new operating model for CYF.