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2016 CPAG Summit "Investing in Children"

On 2 September 2016 CPAG co-hosted the Summit Investing in children with the Retirement Policy and Research Centre (RPRC)

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 0 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. 

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Proceedings: Social Security Summit – Investing in children (Sept 2016)