We help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent.

We’re working towards this through providing:

  • care and protection of vulnerable children and young people
  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • social policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans
  • social housing assessments.

What's new

01 April 2015

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced establishment of a Modernising CYF Expert Panel.

25 March 2015

Emergency housing funding review and additional funding to MSD-funded emergency housing providers. Participate in the emergency housing sector survey by 1 May 2014.

24 March 2015

MSD is looking to contract organisations interested in providing housing for young people who are on the social housing register; where a supported living environment would be an appropriate housing solution.

10 March 2015

Social Development Minister Hon Anne Tolley releases new guidelines for agencies and organisations working with children.

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