Backroom to Frontline

October 14th, 2011 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Claire Trevett in the NZ Herald reports:

More schools in poor areas will have as part of the Government’s initiatives to protect at-risk children.

Social Development minister Paula Bennett and Prime Minister John Key announced the changes in Auckland today as part of attempts to address issues of child abuse and neglect.

As well as extra 149 social workers in schools, 96 more social workers will be taken on by Child, Youth and Family to respond to claims of child abuse. The measures are expected to cost $11.8 million extra for the schools and $10.3 million at CYF.

It would be funded from existing funding, rather than any new injection of money.

I believe this will mean every school that is decile 3 or below will now have a dedicated social worker. Hopefully this will lead to greater detection and eventually prevention of child abuse.

It is great that this is being done from existing funding also. It will be some years before we will be back in surplus, so the responsible way to improve front-line services is by reducing costs in other areas.

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10 Responses to “Backroom to Frontline”

  1. Mick Mac (1,091 comments) says:

    as long as taxpayer funds plunket to visit each child under 5, once a week for the first 5 yrs of their lives and enforces same on all parents. it will be a goer.
    There must be teeth too, like visit from police if the plunket nurse can’t get to see the child or their benefit stopped until same or cyps investigation.

    observation is all good if they are at school but before school also counts.

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  2. Martin Gibson (247 comments) says:

    Agreed Mick. The other interesting thing is that New Zealand is one of the few countries in the developed world where child safety training is not a compulsory part of training to be a teacher doctor or social worker, and we have one of the highest rates of child abuse.
    Within schools, the money might be better spent on training the kids who are healthy and compassionate to help others. Kids will listen to their peers far more than other adults. There would have to be limits on what they were expected to do, but it would be a good step toward fostering goodness rather than the welfare state mentality of nursing along the bad.
    A good example is with alcohol and drug use. I was speaking to the Life Education Trust educator here and he said it is wrong to assume that kids who drink a lot are trying to cover damage and pain. Some kids are, he said, and they suck a whole lot more kids down with them.
    That was certainly my experience with my own early pot and booze use at school.

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  3. mara (796 comments) says:

    As long as these social workers are wired usefully, and not just hand-wringing apologists of victimology, then the money should be well spent.

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  4. backster (2,185 comments) says:

    I heard some-one on ZB Breakfast explaining that the Social Workers could help families hook up to entitlements and attend Family Group Conferences……Lawd help us.

    I guess their value will reflect the value of the instruction they received on Social Worker courses at various educational institutes.

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  5. Bob R (1,393 comments) says:

    This sounds sensible. Longer term they also need to make contraception a condition of welfare entitlements. Leftists, like George Bernard Shaw, once understood this:

    “Karl Pearson was a big fan of eugenics and also a big fan of Karl Marx.

    Because the modern left is associated with “Marxism” and the modern left thinks that eugenics is the most evil thing in the whole world, people seem to think that Marxism and eugenics are mutually exclusive.

    In fact, it’s just the opposite. I believe that Marx was aware that you needed to get rid of the undesirables, whom he called the Lumpenproletariat, in order to have a utopian society. In fact, the capitalist system of the modern United States is strongly based around the fact that the worst part of being poor is that you have to live next to other poor people who are likely to be Lumpenpoles, so people are stuck on a treadmill of economic acquisition so they can afford to insulate themselves from the Lumpenproles.”

    http://www.halfsigma.com/2011/10/tea-party-and-occupy-wall-street.html

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  6. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    So what “backroom” has been lost to fund this “frontline”? Surely frontline in schools includes teachers, but social workers would be back office people.

    And at a cost of $90k per? You must be fucking joking if you think this is good use of $$!

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  7. BeaB (2,148 comments) says:

    Whatever we do or spend, we are never going to be free of the feral or the moronic but because primary schools are located in every suburb it makes sense to use them as social service centres. Many of them have surplus space so could be used in many productive ways for the good of their communities. A baby clinic would be a good idea too. Full service schools are common in parts of the US.

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  8. 3-coil (1,222 comments) says:

    I thought the mantra was that child abuse occurs across all social strata – why are these proposed social workers for lower decile schools only? Are there fewer child abuse issues/incidents in decile 10 schools afterall?

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  9. RRM (10,034 comments) says:

    More social workers?

    Should have spent the money on tits for bulls instead…

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  10. Mick Mac (1,091 comments) says:

    Martin Gibson (30) Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Agreed Mick. The other interesting thing is that New Zealand is one of the few countries in the developed world where child safety training is not a compulsory part of training to be a teacher doctor or social worker, and we have one of the highest rates of child abuse.

    Well there’s a target to meet and beat if ever there was one. – Hey Paula and whomever reads this???

    # mara (284) Says:
    October 14th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    As long as these social workers are wired usefully, and not just hand-wringing apologists of victimology, then the money should be well spent.

    I certainly hope so but if they are the Prof Mutu equivalent of social work then we will be in apickle down the line.

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