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)

See summit conference pack for speaker bios and background readings. The summit procceedings are below along with video and audio recordings.

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 4 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 avoid saying is that poverty is the principal indicator for higher risk for children. 

Speakers included:

In the morning session we had presentations from Shamubeel Eaqub, Prue Kapua, Efeso Collins, Gerry Cotterell, Susan Morton,Peter Sykes and Fiu Anae Uesile Wesley Tala’imanu. In the afternoon session we had presentations from Darrin Hodgetts, Ottilie Stolte, Bill Rosenberg, Mike O’Brien and Susan St John.


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

Audio and slides for speakers 11.30am onwards.

Summit video link  for speakers between 10am-12pm Watch the event's live-stream that was recorded on 2 September: Featuring CPAG's Susan St John, Gerry Cotterell, as well as economist Shamubeel Eaqub, Maori Women's Welfare League president Prue Kapua and Chair of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Efeso Collins.