Social Service Providers Aotearoa
SSPA is a voice and support for non-profit organisations that turn lives around in their work with vulnerable children, young people and families/whanau.
World Social Work Day
A reminder that 21 March is World Social Work Day – a day to celebrate our social workers, whether it’s with a morning tea or a get-together to talk about lives turned around, thanks to a social worker.
I have met with the Privacy Commissioner, who is conducting an inquiry into MSD’s proposed contract requirement that providers share identifiable data on clients. There has been a large response to their survey – thanks to those of you who responded.
Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration in action: SSPA Conference 2017
This year's conference is for all those working in social services, whether as practitioners, administrators, researchers or policy makers. Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration in Action is at Te Papa on 4 and 5 September.
SSPA manager Brenda Pilott has written to MSD to correct its perception, circulated to NGOs, that a meeting with ComVoices representatives gave "broad support" to providing data about individual clients. Writing as chair of ComVoices, she told MSD that "most attendees at the workshop have substantial and unresolved issues about providing identifiable client data." She noted that while there is broad support for the collection and analysis of useful aggregate data, this does not extend to identifiable client data. ComVoices is now working on developing an alternative approach, for discussion with ministers. SSPA Quick Update 7 February 2017