Family violence and sexual violence service provider update - MSD, Nov 2020; COVID response funding

Fri 13 Nov 2020

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) November 2020 email update for family violence and sexual violence service providers covers a number of areas of work. This month's update includes information about applying for COVID response funding.

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) email updates for family violence and sexual violence service providers covers a number of areas of work. You can view the updates online and subscribe to receive them to your inbox.

The November 2020 update includes information on the following areas of work:

  • SVS-Living Safe: Whānau Resilience in the Upper South
  • COVID-19 funding available — apply by 30 November 2020
  • Strengthening support for people who use family violence (see the new MSD report Strengthening support for people who use family violence, 2020)
  • Working together to prevent family violence
  • Commissioning social sector services — our direction
  • Sexual violence — court support contracts and training
  • Sexual violence – environmental scan visits complete
  • Progressing ‘integrated community responses’

Read all past updates and sign up to receive future updates on the MSD website.

For questions about sexual violence service development email and about the family violence work programme contact

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The deadline for social workers to become registered is 27 February 2021, under the shift to mandatory registration. MSD and Oranga Tamariki are working with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB), Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW), Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) to offer help to organisations to support registration of social workers. According to the SWRB Onboard October 2020 newsletter:

"This can include meeting the costs of registration and support in applying. If an NGO would like to be able to pay for the registration of their social worker/s but is unable to do so, this may help.  If a social worker is paying for their registration and finding it difficult; through their employer, they also may be able to receive this assistance. To find out more, please contact your Oranga Tamariki advisor or relationship manager." 

According to the October 2020 Oranga Tamariki Update for Partners, you may need to provide information by 30 November 2020 to be considered for support.

The Oranga Tamariki Evidence Centre has published a number of reports and briefs related to family violence, sexual violence and child protection. This has included two evidence briefs as part of Oranga Tamariki's work with the Joint Venture for Family Violence and Sexual Violence:

  • Understanding Māori perspectives: tamariki and rangatahi who are victims of sexual violence or display harmful sexual behaviour
  • Support for children and young people who are victims/survivors of sexual violence or display concerning or harmful sexual behaviour

Find other reports from the Oranga Tamariki Evidence Centre on their Analytics and insights webpage and see the Oranga Tamariki Research Articles.

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