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CPAG Summit "Investing in children"

Building on the 2015 summit "Welfare fit for families in a changing world" outcomes and challenging the current "investment approach"

Register here and outline of day here

Event information

When: Friday 2nd September
Time: 9.30am Registrations open,  10.00am: Conference begins
Cost: $50 waged, $25 unwaged (covers catering costs)
Where: Room OGGB5, level 0, Owen Glenn Building, University of Auckland Business School, 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland.
Parking: Parking is available under Owen Glenn Building at $12 per day.

CPAG warmly invites you to attend our summit "Investing in children". CPAG is co-hosting this event with the University of Auckland's Centre for Applied Research in Economics.

This year's summit builds on our 2015 summit, "Welfare fit for families in a changing world". 

Please register your place now, as there are limited spaces to attend. 

For more than two decades, the primary focus of governments in New Zealand has been workfare, not welfare. Welfare itself has become ever more targeted, especially under the social investment approach:

"A social investment approach using actuarial valuations and evidence of what works will identify the best way of targeting early interventions, to ensure that vulnerable children receive the care and support they need, when they need it."

The Treasury writes: "Social investment is an approach which seeks to improve the lives of New Zealanders by applying rigorous and evidence-based investment practices to social services." The four key indicators of higher risk for children aged up to 14 years identified by Treasury are: having a CYF finding of abuse or neglect, being mostly supported by benefits since birth, having a parent with a prison or community sentence, and having a mother with no formal qualifications. What Treasury avoids saying is that poverty is the principal indicator for higher risk for children. 

To support the "investment approach", the Government is rewriting the social security legislation. The Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill is not as benign as its proponents claim. In NZCCSS's analysis, "The underlying focus of the Bill and current approach to social security is one built on driving people towards paid employment and a highly targeted and punitive approach to incentives, sanctions and income support."

In the 2016 "Investing in children" summit presenters will share their own experiences of the Government's social investment approach, while others will suggest alternative investment approaches that would genuinely put children at the centre.