We are pleased to present our briefing to the incoming Minister for Social Development. The briefing was provided to Hon Carmel Sepuloni on 26 October 2017.
The key theme in our briefing is our planned disestablishment, confirmed in July 2017 by the previous government. Timelines are still being finalised, but we will be operating well into 2018. We continue to support Len Cook, the Families Commissioner and Chair of the Superu Board, as he advocates for the wellbeing of families and whānau. We also continue our work with the broader social services sector around evaluation planning and using evidence.
We have several reports due to be published in late 2017/early 2018, and planning for our next Evidence to Action conference, to be held on 10 April 2018, is well underway. It’s an interesting and challenging time for the social sector, and we’ll be working hard to keep families and whānau at the forefront of the discussion.
The briefing also looks at what Superu and, before that, the Families Commission learned and achieved since our establishment in 2004.
Accompanying the briefing was a letter from the Families Commissioner. The letter looks at some of the gaps and issues in government in the social sector. As Mr Cook says in his covering letter, “Over the years, there has been a tendency for the connection between departments and citizens to be one-sided...[There are] risks associated with emphasising agency performance measures and efficiency rather than the experiences and perspective of citizens. Some positive change is being seen, but there are also cases where an agency-focus has given agencies and their Ministers a false sense of confidence in the quality and relevance of the services being provided.”
You can read both documents here: