Let’s hon­our ef­forts of so­cial work­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - SUP­PLIED

Na­tional So­cial Work­ers’ Day is on Septem­ber 28, and is an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the hard work that so­cial work­ers do ev­ery day.

There are more than 20 Child, Youth and Fam­ily so­cial work­ers in the Hau­raki area, which has its of­fice in Paeroa and runs from the top of the Coro­man­del down to Waihi Beach and over to Mor­rinsville and Mata­mata.

Child, Youth and Fam­ily’s re­gional di­rec­tor in Mid­lands - cov­er­ing Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hau­raki - Sue Critch­ley, said so­cial work­ers do a great job help­ing to keep chil­dren safe, but look­ing out for them is ev­ery­one’s job.

‘‘As a so­ci­ety we need to step up and ac­knowl­edge that th­ese chil­dren and young peo­ple are not ‘CYFs kids’, they are ev­ery­body’s re­spon­si­bil­ity,’’ she says.

‘‘We need to be hav­ing that con­ver­sa­tion and ask­ing our­selves ‘what can I do to help?’,’’ she says.

All over the coun­try, Child, Youth and Fam­ily so­cial work­ers are in­volved in the lives of 30,000 vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and young peo­ple ev­ery day and work with 1,400 chil­dren and young peo­ple who of­fend.

For more in­for­ma­tion about how you can help, visit www.cyf.govt or phone 0508 FAM­ILY.

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