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Policy development

Developing policy

The policy group is the government’s principal provider of policy and social sector advice.

Disabled children voluntary out-of-home placement review

We wish to hear from disabled children, their families/whānau, those who support them, and people with an interest in the review about how voluntary out-of-home placements can be improved.

Inter-agency Plan for Conduct Disorder/Severe Antisocial Behaviour

The plan sets out a six-year approach to improve government’s response to the management and treatment of children and young people with conduct disorder/severe antisocial behaviour. It has been jointly developed by the Ministries of Social Development, Health and Education with support from the Ministry of Justice.

The New Zealand Carers' Strategy and Five-year Action Plan

New Zealand Aotearoa is a society that values individuals, families, whanau or aiga who support others who need help with their everyday living.

Updating the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989

The Act introduced major changes to the way decisions were made about children and young people who were victims of abuse and neglect or who broke the law, and placed New Zealand at the forefront of international legislative best practice.

Reducing Inequalities

The reducing inequalities policy aims to reduce disadvantage and promote equality of opportunity in order to achieve a similar distribution of outcomes between groups, and a more equitable distribution of overall outcomes within society.

Sustainable Development for New Zealand - Programme of Action

The Programme of Action is the Government's approach to Sustainable Development in New Zealand. Achieving Sustainable Development requires looking after people, taking the long-term view, taking account of the social, economic, environmental and cultural effects of our decisions, and encouraging participation and partnerships.

Working for Families

Working for Families is a government package that is putting more money in the pockets of New Zealand’s low-and-middle income families with children, and making work pay for parents who move off benefit into work.

OSCAR Consultation

The Ministry of Social Development has consulted with OSCAR representatives about potential changes to the OSCAR standards and funding.

The consultation took place from June until early August 2010.

Read about OSCAR consultation findings

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